InfoWars Founder Alex Jones Banned From Facebook for 30 Days

"In this case, we received reports related to four different videos on the pages that InfoWars and Alex Jones maintain on Facebook", added the spokesperson. Both pages published new posts on Friday morning, with Jones appearing on a livestream on the Infowars page.

The suspension follows action by YouTube this week which saw four videos removed from the InfoWars channel.

Facebook pointed out that it immediately removes content of a bullying nature that encourages physical harm or attacks someone based on their religious affiliation or gender identity.

The videos have been removed and Infowars and Jones' pages "are close to being unpublished given recent community standards violations", Facebook said in a statement.

Facebook had left the videos up on the grounds that they weren't false enough or threatening enough to violate its community standards.

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On Tuesday, YouTube took down four videos uploaded to Jones' channel, which has 2.4 million subscribers, for violating its policies on hate speech and child endangerment. The action comes just days after YouTube pulled four Infowars videos and banned the outlet from livestreaming its shows for 90 days.

Jones had been warned by Facebook before; these latest complaints were the last straw that led to the 30-day suspension. Only after YouTube took down Jones' videos two days ago did Facebook revisit this content and declare its earlier decision mistaken. Asked by CNN how they can claim to be serious about tackling the problem of misinformation online while simultaneously allowing InfoWars to maintain a page with almost one million followers, company executives struggled to provide an answer.

Back in February, he reportedly received a YouTube strike for a conspiracy theory video about the Parkland, Fla. high school shooting. Surprisingly, this is the first warning for the Infowars page. Other people are notified that he is banned, the company said.

This month, at a press event in NY about Facebook's efforts to combat misinformation and false news, a reporter from CNN questioned company executives about why Infowars was still allowed to have a Facebook account. "We try to make it so that it doesn't get much distribution". Those claims have resulted in harassment directed at Sandy Hook families and supporters.

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