Alex Jones has been suspended from Facebook for 30 days
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Jul 28, 2018,
Jul 28, 2018, 7:30
The suspension only affects Jones' own Facebook account and not that of InfoWars', which can continue to post videos of such nature until it faces the same sort of consequences. This means that "The Alex Jones Channel" will stay on Facebook for now and his colleagues can keep posting as long as they follow the rules.
More than 2.4 million people subscribe to Mr Jones's channel on YouTube. The action comes just days after YouTube pulled four Infowars videos and banned the outlet from livestreaming its shows for 90 days.
This week, Facebook determined that one of Jones' recent videos - an inflammatory rant in which he accused Robert Mueller, the special counsel charged with the Russian Federation probe, of supporting paedophilia and pantomimed shooting him - did not violate its policies.
Online platforms like Facebook and Google-owned YouTube have taken flak in recent months, as they seemingly fail to remove high-profile hoaxes and unfounded conspiracy theories about tragedies before they reach hundreds of thousands of people. The Alex Jones Channel received a strike back in February, but that has since expired.
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As a result, the pages remain up and other administrators can still post content to them. 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.
Disclosure: Sean Hollister's wife works for Facebook as an internal video producer. In the statement, Jones accused CNN of publicly calling for the banning of his free speech and of being on a "campaign against competing news organizations and the First Amendment", which he called "outrageously anti-American". The other video was reported a month ago, but was not taken down at the time, the spokesperson added.
A Facebook spokesperson said at least one of his channels is close to the threshold that would justify the channels' Facebook page being permanently removed, though - because each time Jones or his fellow admins receive a strike for publishing violating content, his pages receive a strike as well. So, what exactly is a 30-day block?
The social network enforces 30-days bans when multiple violations have been issued, Mashable reported.