Facebook suspends US conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

Alex Jones speaks near the Republican National Convention in Cleveland Ohio July 2016

Facebook initially said that the videos didn't violate the social media sites policies but he has now been banned for a 30 day period after Facebook's community standards were broken by the conspiracy theorist.

The company received a number of reports related to four different videos on Jones" page, as well as his more popular page "Infowars'. One of the four banned videos had even been marked as acceptable after a moderator reviewed it last month, according to TechCrunch.

These same four videos were also removed earlier in the week by YouTube, which also barred Jones from live streaming for 90 days.

The videos show Mr Jones criticising Muslim immigrants to Europe and denouncing a transgender cartoon.

A fourth and final video reportedly featured Jones comparing the creators of an animated drag queen show to Satanists.

"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)", Facebook said in a statement. However, his colleagues who are Facebook admins for the Alex Jones Channel's and InfoWars' pages can continue to post content. Jones received a ban because his personal account already received a warning in the past. A spokesperson from the social media company revealed "We remove content that violates our standards as soon as we're aware of it".

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Facebook stops InfoWars host posting for 30 days

"We apply our policies consistently according to the content in the videos, regardless of the speaker or the channel", YouTube said in a statement.

Since founding Infowars in 1999, Jones has built a vast audience.

Those people will still be able to post to Jones' page as long as their posts don't violate the site's policies - meaning that Jones could still appear in videos and stories posted to the page as long as he does not post them personally. Infowars was not immediately available for comment. Since then, he has questioned whether the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a hoax, promoted the so-called Pizzagate conspiracy theory which implicated Hillary Clinton's election campaign in a fictitious child-sex ring centred on a pizza restaurant, and said fluoridated water was part of a government mind-control plot.

YouTube has given Jones' channel multiple strikes before-after three strikes, the site will ban a user permanently-but after three months, a strike expires.

We think Facebook probably got this one right.

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