Facebook suspends account of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones
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Facebook suspends account of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

Right-wing radio host accuses social media giant of trying to ‘de-platform’ his InfoWars site, days after YouTube removes 4 videos from his page

In this file photo from April 17, 2017, 'Infowars' host Alex Jones arrives at the Travis County Courthouse in Austin, Texas. (Tamir Kalifa/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File)
In this file photo from April 17, 2017, 'Infowars' host Alex Jones arrives at the Travis County Courthouse in Austin, Texas. (Tamir Kalifa/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File)

Facebook temporarily suspended the account of right-wing radio host Alex Jones on Friday for alleged hate speech and bullying.

The 30-day suspension applies only to Jones’s personal page and not the account of his InfoWars website. Though Jones will be prohibited from posting using his account, other administrators will be still be able to post content on his page.

Facebook also removed four videos posted to the accounts of Jones and InfoWars.

“Our community standards make it clear that we prohibit content that encourages physical harm [bullying], or attacks someone based on their religious affiliation or gender identity [hate speech],” a Facebook spokesperson told The Guardian.

“We remove content that violates our standards as soon as we’re aware of it. In this case, we received reports related to four different videos on the pages that InfoWars and Alex Jones maintain on Facebook,” added the spokesperson.

“We reviewed the content against our community standards and determined that it violates. All four videos have been removed from Facebook.”

Jones quickly hit back in a video posted to his Facebook account in which he accused the social media giant of working to “de-platform” his site.

The suspension from Facebook came just days after YouTube removed four videos from Jones’s account.

Jones is known for pushing a number of conspiracy theories, namely calling the deadly 2012 school shooting in Sandy Hook a hoax.

Jones, who is a vocal supporter of US President Donald Trump, has also claimed that Jewish billionaire George Soros is the head of the “Jewish mafia.”

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