Facebook suspends US conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

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Facebook on Thursday levied a 30-day ban on the personal account of Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist who has called the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre that killed 26 people a hoax.

The social network received reports of four videos - several of which were exactly the same as those taken down on YouTube - on pages that Infowars and Jones maintained on the platform.

The company all in all has struck four InfoWars videos for being comprised of graphic content and hate speech.

The parents of two children who died in the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting sued Jones for defamation in April, accusing him and InfoWars of engaging in a campaign of "false, cruel, and risky assertions".

A fourth and final video reportedly featured Jones comparing the creators of an animated drag queen show to Satanists. In other words, other InfoWars admins can keep posting on pages within "The Alex Jones Channel" unless they, too, break Facebook's rules. 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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"We apply our policies consistently according to the content in the videos, regardless of the speaker or the channel", said a spokesperson for Youtube on Wednesday.

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

"This is war", Jones said in the video.

His channel, which boasts more than 2.4 million subscribers, is in danger of being removed if he receives another two "community strikes" within three months.

The parents of two children who died in the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre in CT sued Jones for defamation in April, accusing him and Infowars of engaging in a campaign of "false, cruel, and risky assertions".

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His temporary ban from Facebook means he can't post content on any page for which he's an administrator. Facebook subsequently took that content down and blocked Jones. Infowars was not immediately available for comment.

"What we're trying to do is make it so that, if you are saying something that is untrue, you're allowed to say it, as long as you an authentic person", Simo said.

We think Facebook probably got this one right.

As per the company, the 'shooting doesn't count as a credible threat of violence and "just being false doesn't violate the community standards".

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