It’s a start. And it’s about damn time.
On Thursday, Facebook suspended Alex Jones’ personal profile and removed four videos from his public page and his InfoWars page.
A Facebook spokesman told CNN,
“We received reports related to four different videos on the Pages that InfoWars and Alex Jones maintain on Facebook. We reviewed the content against our Community Standards and determined that it violates. All four videos have been removed from Facebook.”
It is not clear which four videos they removed. But the spokesman says that Facebook’s 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].”
Jones has been warned by Facebook about his content. But Jones continued to violate the rules. So now he is prohibited from posting on Facebook on both his personal profile and his public pages for 30 days. Admins on his public pages will still be able to post.
Facebook says that they are “close” to permanently unpublishing Alex Jones’ public page, his InfoWars page, and his personal profile because of his content. But for now the pages remain open.
Facebook’s actions against Jones come just one day after YouTube deleted several of his videos. YouTube also gave him a “strike,” which means that Jones cannot live stream videos for three months.