Facebook bans ‘InfoWars’ founder Alex Jones for 30 days

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A mere matter of days after InfoWars founder Alex Jones received yet another YouTube strike— but wasn’t banned — he’s been hit with a 30-day block on Facebook.

Jones received another strike on YouTube this week for violating community guidelines in four videos, which have since been taken down.

A Facebook spokesperson confirmed in an email that the social network has enforced a 30-day time out for Jones after he was found to have violated Facebook’s Community Standards.

“Our Community Standards make it clear that we prohibit content that encourages physical harm [bullying], or attacks someone based on their religious affiliation or gender identity [hate speech],” said a Facebook spokesperson.

“We remove content that violates our standards as soon as we’re aware of it. In this case, we received reports related to four different videos on the Pages that InfoWars and Alex Jones maintain on Facebook,” the spokesperson continued.

Facebook reviewed the content posted by Jones and found four videos to be in violation of its Community Standards. The videos have since been taken down, the spokesperson confirmed.

So, what exactly is a 30-day block?

Essentially, the block will be applied to any pages managed by Jones, in addition to Jones himself. This means he won’t be able to post content to any pages that he’s “page admin” for.

Facebook enforce 30-day bans in the case of multiple violations. Prior to this ban, Jones has received a notification from Facebook informing him that he had repeatedly violated its policies and informing him that if he did so again, he’d receive a 30-day ban.

While Jones didn’t receive an out-and-out ban this time, he’s certainly treading on thin ice as far as Facebook’s concerned. Several pages managed by Jones are said to be close to the point of being unpublished by the social network given his repeated violations of community standards.

Source: Mashable