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Alex Jones Is Being Censored
Alex Jones and his flagship Infowars have been removed from Apple, YouTube, and Facebook.
The move to de-platform Jones became official Monday as Apple, YouTube and Facebook determined Jones violated several policies including “hate speech.”
“When users violate … policies repeatedly, like our policies against hate speech and harassment or our terms prohibiting circumvention of our enforcement measures, we terminate their accounts,” said a spokesperson for YouTube told CNN.
The First Amendment does not define “hate speech” and speech which is distasteful and disagreeable to certain individuals is protected. Silicon Valley tech giants have decided to up the ante in regards to restricting speech protected under the First Amendment.
James O’Keefe of Project Veritas spoke out on Twitter encouraging whistleblowers in the Silicon Valley tech industry to speak out about the censorship.
The move against Jones as well as the ongoing censorship of conservatives seems to be a coordinated effort to squelch opposing viewpoints as we approach the 2018 midterm elections.
Could this be the beginning of a more significant campaign of mainstream purging of popular conservative sites?
Paul Joseph Watson, who is editor-at-large for InfoWars believes this could only be the beginning.
The response from the political sphere has been tepid at best. One prominent political figure, former UKIP leader Nigel Farage condemned the move against Jones and Infowars.
Equal Application of Policies?
Although Jones and Infowars have been removed due to policy violations, others such as Louis Farrakhan and Antifa both still have social media footprints.
Mike Cernovich and Jack Posobiec both believe this is more about the midterm elections than violations in policies.
“ANTIFA operates openly on all social media platforms and there are no calls to ban them, but Alex Jones is banned. Today’s move isn’t about hate speech or harassment, it’s about rigging the mid-term elections.”
— Mike Cernovich (@Cernovich) August 6, 2018
The decision to de-platform Jones should be a troubling move for all people who believe free speech should reign supreme. Regardless of your opinion of Jones and InfoWars the move to remove and silence is worrisome. The midterm elections are less than 100 days away, and it seems there is an effort to limit the narrative to one mainstream channel. The question that needs to be answered is will Jim Jordan, Rand Paul or anyone in Congress stand up and demand an end to this blatant censorship.