Alex Jones slammed with 30-day ban from Facebook for hateful videos

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Fox News' Tucker Carlson (left) defends InfoWars' Alex Jones after Facebook suspends Jones for "bullying" and "hate speech". It was not clear if YouTube and Facebook removed the same videos.

According to Mashable, Facebook had previously warned Jones that he was violating the site's policies and that if he continued to do so, he would face a 30-day hiatus.

According to Facebook, the company received reports related to four different videos on the pages that Infowars and Alex Jones maintain on Facebook.

Facebook's move comes after YouTube also pulled down four Infowars videos, citing similar violations. "We remove content that violates our standards as soon as we're aware of it".

A Facebook spokesperson said at least one of his channels is close to the threshold that would justify the channels' Facebook page being permanently removed, though - because each time Jones or his fellow admins receive a strike for publishing violating content, his pages receive a strike as well.

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The Facebook community guidelines in question state that content that encourages physical harm to others based on their religious or gender identity is forbidden. On Thursday, it removed the videos after reviewing them. Both pages published new posts on Friday morning, with Jones appearing on a livestream on the Infowars page.

Jones is perhaps best known for falsely claiming the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School was staged by actors.

Carlson's comments about CNN in particular appear to reference a series of reports that were published by CNN, and which seemed meant to shame Facebook and YouTube for monetizing Infowars content. CNN simultaneously reported on companies who served ads on Infowars-produced content.

The social network enforces 30-days bans when multiple violations have been issued, Mashable reported. With stock prices dropping, Facebook will have to do much more than just temporarily block people posting death threats to restore its users' confidence. Upon re-review, Facebook chose to take down the video for its violation.

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