Alex Jones, Paul Joseph Watson, Milo Yiannopoulos and others have been banned from Facebook and Instagram this week, and Facebook reached out to Big League Politics and told them that any user who posts up any Infowars videos or content without condemning it may also be subject to a ban.
Big League reports:
Facebook told Big League Politics that they will let users make posts complimentary about Infowars or reflecting them in a positive nature, but will not allow users to post links to Infowars videos, unless they are doing so to condemn the content.
This would seem to mean that simply linking to the Infowars website is now prohibited, as virtually every article includes videos featuring Jones, and a live stream or replay of the most recent episode of “The Alex Jones Show” is featured on the sidebar of the Infowars website.
Facebook Policy Communications Manager Sarah Pollack said in a statement that the decision was made after an extensive period of examining whether Facebook considers Alex Jones to “promote or engage in violence and hate,” and that its “process for evaluating potential violators is extensive” and it culminated in the actions taken to ban them.
BLP reports that the decision was made, in part, because Alex Jones interviewed writer and media personality Gavin McInnes, who founded the Proud Boys and co-founded VICE News, on his platform twice after Facebook had designated McInnes a hate figure.
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