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Banned: Apple, Facebook, YouTube Take Down Alex Jones over Hate Speech

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Tech giants Facebook, Apple and YouTube on Monday launched a major offensive against controversial conservative host Alex Jones. Apple pulled the plug on five of Jones’ podcasts, while Facebook removed four pages controlled by Jones. YouTube, which acted several hours after Facebook and Apple, removed Jones’ channel entirely.

“So the censorship continues and it escalates,” InfoWars show host David Knight said Monday, according to USA Today. “RealNews with David Knight” was the only Jones-related show left standing by Apple.

YouTube removed The Alex Jones Channel, which still appears in search results, but now carries this stark message: “This account has been terminated for violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines.”

A statement from Google, which operates YouTube, explained the action, which followed the removal of four videos last month.

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“All users agree to comply with our Terms of Service and Community Guidelines when they sign up to use YouTube. When users violate these policies repeatedly, like our policies against hate speech and harassment or our terms prohibiting circumvention of our enforcement measures, we terminate their accounts,” the statement said.

Apple on Monday said it had removed five out of six podcasts, including “The Alex Jones Show,” CNBC reported.

“Apple does not tolerate hate speech, and we have clear guidelines that creators and developers must follow to ensure we provide a safe environment for all of our users,” Apple said in a statement.

Were these tech giants right to take action against Alex Jones?

“Podcasts that violate these guidelines are removed from our directory making them no longer searchable or available for download or streaming,” Apple’s statement said. “We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions.”

Some saw the action as the heavy hand of censorship, while others thought Jones had earned his punishment.

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Facebook, which last month removed videos from four of Jones’ pages and suspended his personal page for 30 days, on Monday announced it had removed the Alex Jones Channel Page, the Alex Jones Page, the InfoWars Page and the Infowars Nightly News Page.

“Upon review, we have taken it down for glorifying violence … and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies,” said Facebook, according to CNN.

Facebook said that the issue of “fake news” was not reflected in its actions.

“All four pages have been unpublished for repeated violations of Community Standards and accumulating too many strikes,” the company said.

“While much of the discussion around Infowars has been related to false news, which is a serious issue that we are working to address by demoting links marked wrong by fact checkers and suggesting additional content, none of the violations that spurred today’s removals were related to this,” Facebook said.

Last week, Spotify removed episodes of “The Alex Jones Show” podcast for violating its hate content policy.

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Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack Davis is a freelance writer who joined The Western Journal in July 2015 and chronicled the campaign that saw President Donald Trump elected. Since then, he has written extensively for The Western Journal on the Trump administration as well as foreign policy and military issues.
Jack can be reached at jackwritings1@gmail.com.
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