Facebook has removed four pages belonging to the controversial right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for “glorifying violence” and repeatedly violating the platform’s “hate speech policies.”
Facebook, which took down videos posted by Jones last week, unpublished Jones’s flagship radio show InfoWars as well as his fan page due to repeated violations of the platform’s content policies, the company said in a blog post Monday morning.
“Since then, more content from the same Pages has been reported to us — upon review, we have taken it 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,” Facebook wrote in its blog post.
The move comes shortly after Apple and Spotify took down Jones’s podcasts.
Paul Joseph Watson, an editor-at-large for InfoWars, accused Facebook of removing the pages for political reasons.
“This is political censorship,” Watson wrote on Twitter. “This is culture war.”
Jones has peddled unfounded theories claiming that the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a hoax and that the U.S. government is behind the 9/11 attacks. He is currently the subject of a number of lawsuits in connection with his Sandy Hook Elementary School hoax theory.
Facebook said that Jones will have the opportunity to appeal the decision. If he doesn’t, the pages will be banned permanently.