Success! Alex Jones Gets Banned From YouTube, Apple, Facebook and Spotify

Alex Jones is a dangerous man. He’s a conspiracy theorist and far-right broadcaster whose hate-filled behavior includes spending years claiming that the horrific Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax.

A Care2 petition, which garnered over 20,000 signatures, called for YouTube to ban Jones. And on August 6, not only YouTube, but also Facebook, Spotify and Apple have removed Jones and his Infowars network from their platforms. 

Congratulations to Care2 members who signed the petition and to all the other activists who worked to eliminate Jones’ hateful content from social media. 

On August 5, Apple pulled five of six Infowars podcasts from iTunes and its podcast apps. In a statement to The Washington Post, the company announced:

Apple does not tolerate hate speech, and we have clear guidelines that creators and developers must follow to ensure we provide a safe environment for all of our users. Podcasts that violate these guidelines are removed from our directory making them no longer searchable or available for download or streaming. We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions.

Apple took this action after YouTube, Spotify and Facebook had already removed some of Jones’ offensive content.

And on August 6, YouTube took a step further by eliminating the Alex Jones Channel. The company explained:

All users agree to comply with our Terms of Service and Community Guidelines when they sign up to use YouTube. When users violate these policies repeatedly, like our policies against hate speech and harassment or our terms prohibiting circumvention of our enforcement measures, we terminate their accounts.

Spotify joined in by completely removing “The Alex Jones Show” from its platform.

You need only read about the struggles of the parents of Noah Pozner, a six-year-old victim of the Sandy Hook massacre, to understand just how evil and hate-filled Alex Jones is.

In the five-and-a-half years since their child’s murder, Veronique De La Rosa and Leonard Pozner have been forced to move seven times, pursued by “truthers” who believe the false Infowars claims that the Sandy Hook shooting was a lie.

Jones has also targeted eight other Sandy Hook families in the same way.

Last month Facebook defended Mr. Jones’s right to free speech. When asked about this questionable decision, Facebook’s News Feed director John Hegeman stated, “I guess just for being false that doesn’t violate the community standards.” He added that Infowars had “not violated something that would result in them being taken down.”

Under mounting public pressure, Facebook has now changed its mind. 

The right to free speech does not include the right to harass and persecute innocent people, as Jones has done numerous times — including his attempts to target survivors of the Parkland school shooting.

Finally, online digital platforms are taking the threat from Alex Jones seriously — and it’s about time. As CNN points out, “his blog, Infowars.com, has over 3 million American viewers every month and his radio show, which is syndicated on more than 60 stations, is reported to have anywhere between 2 million and 5 million listeners daily.”

Issues around fake news and data privacy are no joke, as Facebook recently found out when they lost more than $100 billion from their market value in the course of one trading day. This followed news that the company had shared the data of 87 million users with political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.

At the same time, we’re learning more and more about how digital platforms were used as tools to spread false information and influence both the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the UK Brexit referendum.

Removing the hate-mongering Alex Jones from his platforms is a huge step forward in the fight against fake news.

Take Action!

As this most recent success shows, Care2 petitions really do make a difference.

Why not start your own petition around an issue that you care deeply about? Get started by checking out these guidelines and soon you’ll find the Care2 community signing up to support you.

 

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227 comments

Daniel N
Daniel N3 months ago

Good news

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Winn A
Winn A3 months ago

Good . . . . . .

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Darlene Buckingham
Darlene Buckingham3 months ago

For certainity I don't support the Democrat globalist one world order agenda nor the REbulican QAnnon patriot military agenda. They both keep the world in division and chaos rather than cultivating a thriving healthy world.

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Darlene Buckingham
Darlene Buckingham3 months ago

Walk away is Republican propaganda and QAnnon nonsense. Let's start supporting what is right rather than these corrupt political agendas.

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John W
John W3 months ago

Here is a video playlist of real people sharing their stories about why they #WalkeAway

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51UGcghHZsk&list=PLjbi7adhMoix1ZXY9uafoO3j3vv6DPaLI

#WalkAway is a real movement full of real people.

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Glenn Byrnes
Glenn Byrnes4 months ago

He was just suspended from Twitter too.

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Susanne R
Susanne R4 months ago

Marianne C.
Thank you for your message. I know that the #Walkaway movement is not legitimate. Over the past several days, I cited at lease a half-dozen sources, along with excerpts from the articles, for Brian and David to read. You can see them on this and other threads. I did it nicely - and got insulted in return. So if I lose my patience with them, I hope you'll be able to overlook it. Even though my comments were directed only at them, they seem to have offended you, and it wasn't my intent to insult you or anyone else.

David informed me that these memes have been posted all over Youtube (I checked, and they are) so people who aren't aware of the story behind their creation might just believe them. That concerns me. Fortunately, it appears that Trump is becoming increasingly unhinged and may just cause his own undoing. We can only hope!

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Marianne C
Marianne C4 months ago

Urging left-leaning voters to voter for Jill Stein instead of Hillary Clinton was another Russian propaganda tool. Stein never stood any real chance of being elected, but revelations since the 2016 election have reduced her chances even further.

The head of the Senate Intelligence Committee stated in December 2017, that Jill Stein was under investigation for possible collusion with Russians. He added that the Stein probe was one of two investigations about Russian collusion that his panel was pursuing.

Stein, who is Russian by descent, was present at a 2015 dinner in Moscow that was also attended by Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, whose contacts with Russian officials were a chief focus of congressional investigators and special counsel Mueller's probe. Flynn and Stein were photographed at the same table as Russian President Vladimir Putin, who sat next to Flynn and across the table from Stein.

Politico reported in September, 2017, that Stein was the beneficiary of Russian-bought political ads on Facebook.

Stein refused to fully cooperate with the investigation.

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Marianne C
Marianne C4 months ago

Part 2:

Shortly after the 2016 election, Jill Stein raised more than $7.3 million to pursue a swing-state recount. The recounts were canceled before the money was spent.

However, Stein is still spending that money. Stein has used some of that money to pay for her defense in the Russia investigation.

Per the Center for Responsive Politics, U.S. law dictates that funds raised for a recount “only go toward expenses directly related to the recount, such as paying state staff that counts the votes or any other administrative or overhead payments, as well as post-election litigation.”
Complicating matters, staff who appear to have been working on the recount are the some of same who worked on Stein’s presidential campaign.

Stein's campaign is also in arrears in its required filings with the FEC. The last FEC filing from the Stein campaign was for the month of September 2017. The last update from the campaign itself came on April 20, 2018, in which it said it was down to $932,178 in recount funds.

In a May 7, 2018 letter, the FEC warned Stein campaign treasurer Steven Welzer that he was violating federal law by not accounting for half a year of spending. There is no legal means of obtaining an extension on the required financial reports.

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Marianne C
Marianne C4 months ago

Susanne R:

First of all, Brian F. is a well-known troll. You can mock him and insult him, but you can apparently not make him feel/inmderstand how truly unwelcome he is in just about any forum into which he inserts himself.

That he cites the #Walkaway "movement" is telling -- that was outed weeks ago as a scam perpetrated by the same Russian troll farm that attacked the left on Twitter and Facebook in the 2016 election cycle.

In short, there IS no #Walkaway "movement." No such thing ever existed. It's another Russian propaganda attack. Memes that appeared on Facebook with the hashtag used standard stock photos or photos that were stolen from unprotected accounts; the text with the photos was written in Russia.

There is no evidence that the effort has had any effect on membership in the Democratic party, or support for the Dems among Independents and others who realize that only supporting an organized party can beat out the Russia-backed GOP. The strong showing we have seen among Blue candidates in recent special elections and primaries indicates only that the left is focusing and coming together, and that more voters are coming not, not walking away.

The only people still trying to push #Walkaway work for the Kremlin.

For some reason, Brian F's trolling is tolerated by Care 2. That certainly doesn;t mean he gets any respect. He's become a running joke.

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