YouTube has banned Alex Jones, the controversial right-wing activist whose Infowars site has already been taken off of Facebook and Apple. The YouTube ban was a significant blow for Jones. He had a number of popular channels on YouTube, including The Alex Jones Channel, which had 2.4 million subscribers. Some of the channel’s videos that were viewed over 1.5 billion times.
YouTube did not respond to questions about the details of why Jones had been banned from the popular platform. But a YouTube spokesperson told CNN that “When users violate … policies repeatedly, like our policies against hate speech and harassment or our terms prohibiting circumvention of our enforcement measures, we terminate their accounts.”
As of Monday afternoon, if you search for Alex Jones on YouTube, you’ll get a message that reads:
“This account has been terminated for violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines.”
Alex Jones Took To Twitter To Complain About “This Hate Speech BS”. He is Comparing the Take-Down to “Censorship in Communist China”
Now that Jones has been removed from Facebook and YouTube, he is taking refuge on Twitter, one of the last major platforms available to him. Jones was out in full force on Twitter today, publishing one video after another about his removal from Apple, Google, and YouTube. Jones called his removal “arbitrary” and ranted about the “hate speech BS.”
In one video, Jones appears at a desk with a red apple behind him. The apple looks just like the Apple logo — except that it’s painted red and has golden stars on it. Presumably the re-jiggered apple is meant to evoke the Chinese flag, because the caption underneath it reads “The Alex Jones channel on youtube has been removed as communist style censorship takes hold in America for the first time in modern history.”
You can watch that video here:
Facebook, Apple, and Google Have Already Taken Down InfoWars Content From Their Platforms
Earlier on Monday, Apple announced that it would ban four out of the five Alex Jones podcasts that it hosts.
Also Monday, Facebook removed four pages associated with Alex Jones. And Google also removed the Alex Jones channel from its platform.
Google told CNBC on Monday that it removes users for violating its policies against hate speech and harassment. The statement read,
“All users agree to comply with our Terms of Service and Community Guidelines when they sign up to use YouTube. 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.”
The Infowars Channel Has Also Been Removed from YouTube
YouTube is moving slowly but surely to remove all traces of Alex Jones from its channels. As of noon today, CNBC was reporting that the Infowars YouTube channel was still up, although the Alex Jones channels were down. But by 1PM, Infowars was down too.