Alex Jones and the InfoWars related pages are under attack and under threat of being removed from Facebook for what Facebook says are violations of its community standards. InfoWars and Alex Jones have come a long way in recent years, as this issue is a top story being covered on CNBC. Despite the censorship being employed by Facebook, at least the issue is getting some eyeballs in the press.
Alex Jones' personal Facebook account has already been temporarily banned by Facebook for 30 days starting this previous Thursday. This is following a YouTube recent decision to remove 4 of his videos from their platform, which Facebook agreed with and removed them as well from several AJ/IW related pages. FB says Jones was previously warned he could be blocked by FB. Now he is.
The pages have several strikes for violations of FB guidelines, but remain active as they have not yet reached the threshold for being removed from the platform. But FB told CNBC that the threshold is close to being reached, but wouldn't say how many violation infractions are left. It seems only a matter of time until FB bans AJ and IW pages
The recent videos YouTube and Facebook removed were:
- showing a man shoving a child on the ground to "prevent liberalism"
- discussing drag queens in a crude fashion and suggests they are child sexual predators
- suggesting Muslim people have "conquered" Europe, and will kill everyone and sexually assault women
According to Facebook, their normal policy to deal with "factually false" content is to censor and control how many views it gets by reducing the number of times it shows up on News Feeds. But in these videos, FB concluded the videos were inciting violence and removed the content entirely. Next up is completely removing "troublemakers" from the platform when they repeatedly violate the "community standards".
Was Alex Jones or his team really inciting violence against liberals? Are these opinions that AJ and IW put forth? Or are these only opinions that YT and FB say these videos are putting forth?
The crackdown on free speech has been a big issue this year on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, the three biggest social media sites. They all have algorithms in place to limit and censor what people can get access too, including Google. They say they care so much about "fake news", but they don't want people to really think for themselves by being able to access information.
They want to be the arbiters of information, and they seem to be getting what they want. The sanitation of the internet is underway. Big media is silencing the alternative and independent media, rather than let them share the information they want. Whether it's true or not, people should be allowed to decide what they want to be exposed to, not a centralized authority preventing them from even being able to access it.
Thank you for your time and attention. Peace.