“Since then, more content from the same pages has been reported to us — upon review, we have taken it down for glorifying violence … and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies,” Facebook said.
Facebook emphasized that it hasn’t technically removed the pages but simply unpublished them, which leaves the door open for an appeal by Jones. “If they don’t appeal or their appeal fails, we remove the page,” it said.
The banning of the pages follows a similar move by Apple, which removed InfoWars and Alex Jones’ news shows from all its podcasting platforms, also citing hate speech. Last month, YouTube pulled down multiple videos by Jones for the same violations, but has yet to ban him.
Upon review, we have taken it down for glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies.
Over the last few months, Facebook has been heavily criticized for allowing “fake news” to circulate, amid reports that it affected the US presidential elections and UK’s Brexit. However, Facebook said that wasn’t why it banned InfoWars and Jones. “While much of the discussion around Infowars has been related to false news, which is a serious issue that we are working to address by demoting links marked wrong by fact checkers and suggesting additional content, none of the violations that spurred today’s removals were related to this,” it said.