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Social Media Giants Deplatform Alex Jones

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One by one, social media giants Apple, Facebook, Spotify, and YouTube have found strength in numbers to kick popular conspiracy theorist Alex Jones off their platforms — and feed his conspiracy theories at the same time.

Apple set off the chain of action when it removed five of six Infowars podcasts from iTunes and the podcast application on Sunday. By Monday morning, Facebook announced it removed four pages related to the Infowars media empire for “repeated violations of Community Standards.”

Spotify also moved to take down a show by Jones on Monday, which had several episodes removed last week. After multiple warnings over several months, YouTube on Monday removed Jones’s channel, followed by almost 2.5 million subscribers.

The move from “Big Tech” certainly gives him material. In a promo for a show, Infowars wars that “the war on your mind is in full swing as globalists remove outlets of liberty and truth, starting with the tip of the spear: Alex Jones.”

The last major platform Jones has is, of course, Twitter. Though users are still begging the social media site to properly remove hate speech, it did feel moved enough to start label posts containing “sensitive material” with a warning before giving users the option to view it.

Jones rose to fame for asserting that the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school — which killed 20 children and six adults — was faked to implement gun control. In the world of the host and his viewers, the attacks on September 11th, 2001 was an inside job, the 1969 Moon landings were also faked, and the government is leaking chemicals into water supplies to turn “the friggin’ frogs gay.”

He has turned that fear-mongering into a cash cow, selling millions of dollars worth of vitamins and supplements to combat “the globalists.”

Jones is still fully capable of broadcasting his message, just with less reachable means. Allies like Voice of Europe pledged to share posts from Infowars on its Facebook page “to defend freedom of speech.”

Grandma and grandpa may still fall for terribly deceptive information laid on out on memes posted on Facebook but are now less likely to find the most popular one.

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Ida Mojadad

Ida Mojadad is the Staff Writer at SF Weekly. You can reach her at (415)-359-2728 or imojadad@sfweekly.com. Follow her on Twitter at @idamoj.

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