After Alex Jones Social Media Ban, We Could Be Next

After Alex Jones Social Media Ban, We Could Be Next

After Alex Jones Social Media Ban, We Could Be Next

Jones, a noted conspiracy theorist, has seen his professional pages and podcast unpublished and/or removed from Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, and Apple.

In a tweet Tuesday, WikiLeaks called out the unanimous ban of Jones' program as a suspicious move from the Silicon Valley giants. "This is what serves the public conversation best".

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Curiously, Alex Jones hasn't yet commented on the decision via Twitter, another platform where his presence has been somewhat controversial. Jones denies that and says the decisions were about censoring conservative content. A separate Twitter account for Infowars is also still running.

The InfoWars app is still available on the Apple and Google app stores. A statement released Tuesday said that since 2013, the company has explicitly banned "targeted harassment", elaborated on how it enforces violations of its policies on hateful conduct, and beefed up its rules on sharing intimate photos of someone without their consent, among other changes.

Accounts like Jones' can often sensationalize issues and spread unsubstantiated rumors, so it's critical journalists document, validate, and refute such information directly so people can form their own opinions.

Facebook Inc. and YouTube pulled Alex Jones from their services on Monday after concluding the conspiracy theorist's posts violated their policies.

"We welcome everyone to express themselves on our service".

Twitter hasn't removed Alex Jones or Infowars, resulting in a large amount of criticism.

Jones has made a living off of preaching what Colbert described as "vile conspiracy theories" for years, most notoriously maintaining that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was an elaborate hoax. The Jones-inspired character has apparently been dealing with "similar struggles" and was grappling with his new reality in the face of his social media "martyrdom". "And if you make the fact we need an Internet Bill of Rights, and antitrust-busting on these companies, if they don't back off right now", Jones said.

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