In the latest clash between big tech companies and those who hold unpopular or controversial views, Facebook has permanently kicked “Infowars” off of its platform, saying the page was “unpublished for using hate speech.”
Facebook’s banning of Alex Jones’ signature platform came just after Apple removed almost of all of his podcasts because “Apple does not tolerate hate speech.”
“We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions,” an Apple spokesperson said.
Spotify also removed the Alex Jones Show from its podcasts.
YouTube deleted the Alex Jones Channel on the morning of August 6th. It had nearly 2.5 million subscribers.
Apple joined in on the censorship fun on the 6th by removing five of six podcasts of Alex Jones and Infowars from their iTunes and Podcasts apps. Apple’s move was draconian, completely removing all of the shows on those five podcasts instead of singling out the more “offensive” ones.
“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,” a company statement said. “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.”
So, Apple is creating a “safe space” for news consumers, is that it? Then why is progressive The Young Turks show still available on the platform? Its hosts regularly disagree with conservatives and are certainly not always “respectful to those with differing opinions.” On election night of 2016, host Ana Kasparian referred to female Trump supporters as “dumb.” Both Kasparian and The Young Turks founder Cenk Uygur have loudly disagreed with Jones himself, with Uygur shouting in his face and Kasparian calling him a “fat f**k” at the 2016 Republican National Convention.
Not to be outdone, Facebook continued its war against Jones and his Infowars platform by banning four pages — the Alex Jones page; the Alex Jones Channel page; the Infowars Nightly News page and the Infowars page — belonging to Jones for allegedly violating the social network’s policy on “hate speech.”
Facebook claimed in a statement that the pages were removed “for glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslim and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies.” The statement did not offer any specific violations.
As with Apple’s, Facebook’s decision is inconsistent. The social-media giant still allows many pages depicting and encouraging violence and racial animosity, such as Antifa pages calling for violence, a page called “Kill Trump,” and many pages dedicated to “hateful” speech against Christians, Jews, Americans, etc.
Google and its satellite company YouTube have stepped up their own censorship efforts by banning Jones’ channel. Try to go to Jones’ official YouTube page and you will only see the message, “This channel is no longer available. Unsubscribe if you would like to remove it.”
Spotify has also jumped on the censorship bandwagon by banning Jones and Infowars from their site, claiming that the Alex Jones Show violated its hate content policy, which prohibits content that “expressly and principally promotes, advocates or incites hatred or violence against a group or individual based on characteristics.”
All of these tech companies banning so-called conspiracy theorist Jones on the same day? It seems almost coordinated — a conspiracy, if you will.
Gateway Pundit does an excellent job in quantifying the damage done by these tech companies’ efforts to marginalize not just Jones, but conservatives in general. Beginning in January of 2017, traffic from Facebook to selected conservative news sites has dropped by 93 percent. That’s not coincidence. The giants in the liberal tech world realized that the election of Donald Trump had a lot to do with alternative news sources, and they have acted accordingly to get rid of that influence.
Infowars editor Paul Joseph Watson put it this way on Twitter: “This is the key point. 4 big tech firms all banned InfoWars within 12 hours of each other. This suggests collusion and PROVES that their terms of service are all arbitrary and bulls**t. Incredible”
Amazingly, Jones is still on Twitter — for now. Though, with Twitter’s policy of shadowbanning conservative voices, one has to wonder how long Jones will last there. In the wake of Jones’ banning by other social-media and tech sites, Twitter is facing enormous pressure to ban Jones as well.
Interestingly, Apple now has a large presence in the People’s Republic of China and is working closely with that government, which currently bans over 8,000 websites, including Google, Facebook, and YouTube. At least the communists are honest about it. They don’t want their people to see certain things, so they block them. In America and other western nations, the censorship is more insidious, as we are told such bans are all about restricting “fake news” and “hate speech,” even though these claims are observably false.
Make no mistake: These bans have little to nothing to do with so-called hate speech or fake news. The leftists who run these companies and the overlord leftists in the mainstream media and globalist circles who pressure these companies do not like the fact that Americans can now get their news and information without their spin on it. Alex Jones is nothing but the first domino here.
“What we are witnessing is an ideological purge intended to re-define the very concept of free speech,” InfoWars editor-at-large Paul Joseph Watson wrote. “If free speech does not include controversial/unpopular/offensive speech, it doesn’t exist. A society in which free speech doesn’t exist is doomed to collapse into authoritarianism.”
America Has Been Sold Out To Communist Censorship pic.twitter.com/nJllgbbrIG
— Alex Jones (@RealAlexJones) August 6, 2018
Wikileaks came to Infowars’ defense, asking, “Which publisher in the world with millions of subscribers is next to be wiped out for cultural transgression?”
The empire strikes back: Apple, Spotify, Facebook and Google/Youtube all purge Infowars/Alex Jones. Yes, Infowars has frequent nonsense, but also a state power critique. Which publisher in the world with millions of subscribers is next to be wiped out for cultural transgression? https://t.co/XAEQWr58hw
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) August 6, 2018
Infowars says it has been banned by Facebook for unspecified ‘hate speech’. Regardless of the facts in this case, the ability of Facebook to censor rivial publishers is a global anti-trust problem, which along with San Francisco cultural imperialism, reduces political diversity. https://t.co/xb5oY2JHzy
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) August 6, 2018
Facebook said in a press release the deleted Infowars pages were taken down “for glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies.”
Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist wondered on Twitter if Facebook will censor Planned Parenthood “to be consistent about opposing those who glorify violence and dehumanize others in order to justify that violence?”
Just curious: Did they also ban Planned Parenthood? To be consistent about opposing those who glorify violence and dehumanize others in order to justify that violence? https://t.co/wdUnrfXhTW
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) August 6, 2018
Many conservatives argue that Facebook and Google essentially have monopolies on the distribution and sharing of information, and are using these monopolies to unfairly target certain viewpoints for censorship. When Facebook banned Alex Jones’ personal account for 30 days just a few days prior to the permanant ban, Sen. Ted Cruz asked, “Who the hell made Facebook the arbiter of political speech?”
Alex Jones is now an unperson, straight out of the plot of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. Regardless what you think of him and Infowars, this is the equivalent of digital book burning and sets a horrifying precedent for mass censorship by Big Tech.
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) August 6, 2018
“The ban is just part of a wider censorship purge that also use stealth censorship, shadow banning and algorithmic manipulation to hide and bury conservative content,” Watson wrote in another post. “This is the modern day electronic equivalent of book burning.”
Statement from Alex Jones: The EU is already fining Google and others if they don’t start censoring speech by calling it “hate speech” and/or “fake news.”
When our government doesn’t start fining them for violations of free speech, racketeering and trust/monopolistic behavior, that encourages other governments like China and the EU have influence over the free market of ideas.
But this situation also highlights the trust set up by mutli-national combines based in China and in Europe that’s stealing all of our rights and freedoms through a concerted effort.
Over two-and-a-half years ago, Matt Drudge came to our studio and warned of this attack on the First Amendment. That’s why they want alternative and independent media shut down.
They would’ve done all of this last year had Hillary gotten into the White House. Yet, due to Trump instead getting elected, this plan has been held off for about a year-and-a-half.
Now, it seems, they don’t fear Trump for whatever reason, and now they’re making their move.
But I don’t think President Trump has been compromised, but he’s compromising himself one way or another if his administration doesn’t make this the central issue.
Free speech is the central issue; this is the heart of the matter. This is the core. This is it.
Apple, Spotify, Facebook and YouTube all banned Infowars within 12 hours of each other, illustrating how last night’s purge was a coordinated effort and has nothing to do with these platforms enforcing “hate speech” rules.
Here are the real reasons Infowars is being purged by Big Tech;
- Infowars is widely credited with having played a key role in electing Donald Trump. By banning Infowars, big tech is engaging in election meddling just three months before crucial mid-terms.
- With the Infowars ban, Apple, Facebook , Spotify & YouTube (Google) have all now ascribed themselves the power to remove people & outlets from their platforms based on their political opinions. This power will be abused time and time again to meddle in elections.
- The ban also sets the precedent that the mere charge alone of having committed “hate speech,” with no specific examples even provided, is enough to memory hole an individual or group’s digital presence.
- The ban is just part of a wider censorship purge that also use stealth censorship, shadow banning and algorithmic manipulation to hide and bury conservative content.
- Apple also chose to shut down Infowars after we repeatedly criticized them for working with and selling data to the Communist Chinese government. Just a coincidence, I’m sure.
For conservative media outlets who don’t speak out because they don’t like Infowars, we have a message for you – you’re next. Facebook banned Infowars after lobbying by both CNN and Democratic Congressman Ted Deutch (D-FL). This isn’t “just a private company,” this is brazen political censorship. This is the outcome of the left refusing to debate their ideas and simply no platforming their adversaries instead. This is the modern day electronic equivalent of book burning. This is throwing dissidents in the Big Tech gulag because their voices were becoming too loud and having too much influence. This is the purge. This is election meddling and COLLUSION.
It will only intensify unless lawmakers act now to introduce a Digital Bill of Rights and treat social media giants as telecommunications companies who are forbidden by law from discriminating against people and media outlets based on their political opinions.