YouTube on Monday said it had banned Alex Jones's Infowars channel, following similar actions taken by other major US technology companies. Last month, Jones also posted a video accusing special counsel and former FBI Director Robert Mueller of covering up pedophilia crimes. Other platforms, including the streaming service Spotify, took similar actions in previous weeks. "It's why we have community standards and remove anything that violates them, including hate speech that attacks or dehumanizes others".
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FacebooksuspendedAlex Jones on July 27.
Mr. Watson likened American news outlets and social media outlets to the Russian and Chinese governments and accused them of censorship.
Among the conspiracy theories Jones has peddled are charges that the United States government was behind numerous attacks, including the September 11, 2001 strikes on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The shooting killed 26 children and adults at the elementary school in CT.
It's unclear why the companies are cracking down on Jones now, after allowing him to publish for years. Jones and Infowars had a combined total of more than 2.5 million followers on Facebook across their pages.
Some also noted the curious way that Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify all made a decision to ban Jones at exactly the same time, despite the fact that he had been active on their platforms for years.
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On Monday, Facebook followed suit by deleting some of the pages hosted by Infowars. Entering the web addresses for specific shows brought up a notice that the content is not available.
Several days ago, Facebook removed four videos Jones posted that the group said violated its policy on hate speech. In a short message on the page, Youtube said: "This account has been terminated for violating YouTube's Community Guidelines".
Jones said on Saturday that he expected the platform to delete his page. It's unclear how the latest bans have affected his reach.
The lawsuits name Jones and his associated companies including Infowars, as well as another reporter for Infowars.
With the YouTube ban, Twitter becomes one of the last major platforms still available to the talkshow host and conspiracy theorist. Those claims have resulted in harassment directed at Sandy Hook families and supporters.
Facebook says the pushing of "fake news" had nothing to do with Jones' removal.
On Sunday, Apple's iTunes removed most of Jones' content.