Facebook has banned Alex Jones and other controversial U.S political personalities like Paul Nehlen, Laura Loomer, Paul Joseph Watson and Milo Yiannopoulos for violating the social media company’s policies governing “dangerous individuals and organizations.”
Most of the people whose accounts were removed are right-wing personalities. Paul Nehlen ran for Congress in 2018 while Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader peaches black separatism and referred to Jews as “termites”.
Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, is a Jew himself.
The social media giant has removed accounts, pages, groups and events associated with the above individuals from both Facebook and Instagram.
Hours after his account disappeared, videos of Louis Farrakhan were still visible on Instagram among the 17,000 posts with the hashtag #louisfarrakhan, including a video where he defends his descriptions of Jews.
“If it is the truth, then it is not anti-Semitic,” he says in the clip.
The social media announced the ban before actually removing the accounts which provided the account owners time to utilize the power of their followers to revive the removed content over and over. The same has been captured in screenshots by Ryan Mac, a BuzzFeed journalist.
On the other hand, Alex Jones is claimed to have promoted conspiracy theories about the Sandy Hook school shooting and hosted Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes in his show. He quickly opened a new account and live-streamed himself talking about the ban. Jones runs a website named Infowars, which posted a response saying that the ban “amounts to editorial control over user content”.
Alex claims that Facebook has taken this step to lure the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate.
Apple, Google parent Alphabet, and Twitter also banned Infowars last year.
All the social media firms have faced backlashes in the past over their suspension of accounts and have been accused of censorship and political bias. However, Facebook says it will enforce its policies without prejudice.