Twitter joins Facebook, Apple and YouTube in permanently banning Far Right Extremist Alex Jones   Leave a comment

…And now the internet is much nicer place.

This 2018 hasn’t been good to the creator of InfoWars or his so-named website and podcasts. Earlier this year, his Facebook accounts were disabled and his Podcasts were removed from iTunes. Some of his YouTube videos were removed before his whole channel was shut down. As of yesterday, his Twitter accounts were permanently banned as well. With that, Alex Jones has effectively lost his Social Media reach completely.

The move comes during a time in which Facebook and Twitter executives are subject to Congressional bipartiasan inquiries. One of the few things both Dems and Republicans always seem to agree on these days (you read that right, lol) is that the various social media platforms can be used as a powerful weapon to deliberately spread misinformation and lies with little to no moderation to billions worldwide. Of course, this is actually true and obviously predates the 2016 election (which is a whole other topic for another blog post lol).

Unsurprisingly Alex Jones as well as his fans and supporters are accusing Twitter (as well as YouTube, Facebook and Apple) of violating Free Speech, saying they (“They” being Social Media) “have a Left-Wing Liberal Agenda” and want to silence him (and others like him) “for speaking the truth and they don’t like it.”

This is the same guy who imfamously ranted on CNN after Sandy Hook. The funny thing is guys like him and his audience, who believes all Gun Lovers or Gun Owners should defend the 2nd Amendment with violence unsurprisingly doesn’t know how Freedom of Speech, which he also bashes at every opportunity works. Freedom of Speech means you can’t be arrested and/or prosecuted for being critical of the government or politicians (as long as you don’t call for violence or make death threats against politicians or anyone else obviously). It DOES mean as long as you’re not calling for violence or making death threats, you can say almost anything you want. What DOESN’T mean is everyone has to listen to you.

It ALSO doesn’t mean you are exempt from separate rules or policies Social Media platforms have on what is acceptible and what is not. Alex Jones repeatedly violated said policies and that’s why his accounts were shut down and blogs removed. Disagreeing with that decision doesn’t mean your civil liberties were violated. It just means you broke their rules and they responded accordingly. Nothing more or less.

By now you’re probably wondering “Why don’t guys like him get their own website?” Well, he does: InfoWars is his website, which is hosted by Breitbart (The same site former White House Chief of Staff Steve Bannon owns). Now that he’ss lost his Social Media presence, his sphere of influence has drastically shrunk and just in time for the November elections. Alex Jones will clearly end up like the Westboro Baptist Church sooner than later now: Forgotten by everyone and that’s how it should be. He will obviously try to fight but will epically fail.

 

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