YouTube has permanently banned conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’s InfoWars channel for hate speech violations, following similar bans imposed by Spotify, Apple, and Facebook.
Jones was reportedly banned after trying to circumvent the site’s enforcement measures after the channel was found to have violated YouTube’s policies against child endangerment and hate speech, according to a source familiar with the company’s decision.
According to The Hill:
The source said the conspiracy theorist received a 90-day moratorium on live streaming for violating its policies, and that he then tried to promote his flagship radio show on other YouTube pages, prompting a permanent ban.
“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,” a YouTube spokesperson said when asked for comment.
Jones has pushed conspiracy theories claiming the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting was staged and that survivors of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting were “crisis actors.”
Spotify banned Jones’s podcast from its platform last week, and Apple followed suit on Sunday.
Facebook removed four pages belonging Jones on Monday 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Facebook, which took down videos posted by Jones last week, unpublished Jones’s flagship radio show InfoWars as well as his fan page due to repeated violations of the platform’s content policies, the company said in a blog post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.