YouTube Joins Apple and Facebook, Pulls Content From Polarizing Commentator

Aug 6, 2018  •  Post A Comment

The pressure continues to mount among major online distributors against the polarizing talk host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

CNBC reports that YouTube today removed Jones’ page from its site, following up on similar actions earlier in the day by Apple and Facebook.

“The Alex Jones Channel, which counts 2.4 million subscribers, still appeared in YouTube search results by midday Monday, but presented only a take-down notice when users clicked in,” CNBC reported.

The notice reportedly read: “This account has been terminated for violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines.”

Jones also recently got in hot water on Spotify, as we reported last week. After pulling some episodes of his podcast, the music streaming service said in a statement: “We take reports of hate content seriously and review any podcast episode or song that is flagged by our community. Spotify can confirm it has removed specific episodes of ‘The Alex Jones Show’ podcast for violating our hate content policy.”

CNBC reports that Google followed up on the action by its YouTube site with a statement saying: “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.”

CNBC adds: “YouTube counts ‘strikes’ against pages for posts that violate the company’s policies. Jones received a strike in July when he posted four videos that violated YouTube policies against child endangerment and hate speech, the company said in a statement to CNBC.

“A page with one strike against it is suspended from live streaming for 90 days, YouTube said, but Jones attempted to circumvent the suspension by live streaming on other channels. As a result, his page was terminated, the company said.”

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