Facebook suspends InfoWars host Alex Jones' account for 30 days


A reminder: Jones was recently sued by parents of children massacred in the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting after his website InfoWars spread conspiracy theories that the children were "crisis actors" and that the shooting was a hoax.

Infowars posted a statement on its website saying that YouTube had slapped the Jones channel with a "community strike", barring him from broadcasting live on its platform for 90 days.

YouTube has given Jones' channel multiple strikes before-after three strikes, the site will ban a user permanently-but after three months, a strike expires.

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According to Facebook, the company received reports related to four different videos on the pages that Infowars and Alex Jones maintain on Facebook.

It wasn't immediately clear what specific content was contained in the four videos removed by Facebook, but CNET notes that several of the exact same videos removed by YouTube are no longer up on Jones' Facebook page either. "We remove content that violates our standards as soon as we're aware of it". Livestreams were being hosted Thursday afternoon by Ron Gibson, who describes his channel as part of Alex Jones' Free Speech Systems network. Jones recently falsely accused special counsel Robert Mueller of being a pedophile. The Alex Jones Channel received a strike back in February, but that has since expired. The fourth was reported about one month ago, but Facebook incorrectly determined that it did not violate its community standards at the time.

Disclosure: Sean Hollister's wife works for Facebook as an internal video producer.

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In regards to punishments for personal accounts and pages, Facebook issues a strike to the page admin that posted the content violation as well as the page on which it was posted. The platform has said that pages will be pulled from the site after receiving a certain number of strikes, but hasn't revealed how many strikes trigger the action.

CNN is reporting that Facebook has banned Jones from the site.

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