Is The Media Silencing Alex Jones?

To his supporters, he’s a bulwark of truth against the corrupt media To his critics, he’s a dangerous conspiracy theorist

For almost twenty five years, Alex Jones has pushed a narrative in which the powerful can’t be trusted, and terrorism is a tool used by the elite to keep humanity down In the internet age, his notoriety has earned him backlash, which Jones claims is part of a consistent effort to silence him On 6th August 2018, Apple announced it would remove five of Alex Jones’ six podcasts from iTunes These included “The Alex Jones Show”, a daily podcast hosted on Jones’ InfoWars website with an alleged audience of 70 million worldwide Within a matter of days, Spotify, Youtube, Pinterest and Facebook all followed Apple and removed Alex Jones’ shows from their platforms

On Facebook, four of Jones’ pages were made private Youtube terminated his account after banning him for 90 days Spotify removed arguably their most popular podcast The only major platform to hold out was Twitter It remained unmoved for a month, until 6th September, when it permanently deleted both InfoWars’ and Alex Jones’ Twitter accounts

This crisis for Jones came soon after a series of high profile lawsuits over the content of his broadcasts The parents of Noah Pozner, a six year old boy killed during the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012, sued Jones for claiming the killings were faked with actors Meanwhile, Brennan Gilmore alleges Jones defamed him over a video Gilmore posted of the murder of Heather Heyer at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in 2017 Jones claimed that Gilmore was an “unhinged leftie hack”, and that the car attack was staged In response, Jones says he is being defamed by these lawsuits

He says the ban is an effort to silence him involving Democrats, globalists and corporatists He told his followers that his removal was a “war on free speech” He says, “This is what the corporate media is doing in America because it’s afraid of new independent media and asking questions” and “The media’s trying to get somebody to kill me” It certainly looks strange that just before the 2018 midterm elections, several tech giants targeted a man who made a 25 year career from this kind of behaviour

On the surface, it does appear conservative and Republican interests, like Alex Jones, are unfairly targeted for removal from mass media Liberal commentators on Twitter frequently say unpleasant or offensive things that push the boundaries of taste, but are rarely censured for it For example, in 2017, Kathy Griffin tweeted a picture of herself holding the decapitated head of Donald Trump, which sparked universal condemnation She apologised, but her account was not blocked or deleted Other liberals have released private information on public officials, advocated violence or openly called for revolution and not been banned

As a consequence, Jones’ sympathisers accuse the elite of censorship As Donald Trump Jr said on the 7th August, 2018, “How long before Big Tech and their Democrat friends move to censor and purge Breitbart News, Daily Caller and other conservatives voices from their platforms?” However, since Facebook, Apple and Youtube are private companies, they have no obligation to free speech Swedish politician and co-founder of The Pirate Bay Peter Sunde, explains that, “Censorship is what a state does to citizens Private organisations can do what they want

” The InfoWars website is still operational and sharing its views around the world No one has gone to its own platform and told the organisation to stop The tech companies who banned Alex Jones say he breached their terms of service, typically by violating their abusive behaviour policies They cite instances like the time he threatened bodily harm to Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor investigating Russian involvement in the 2016 US election Facebook specifically said Jones was removed for “using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants

” As for the lawsuits, Jones’ increasing popularity has amplified his voice In turn, this has brought his claims under greater scrutiny In April 2018, Marcel Fontaine filed a suit against Jones and InfoWars for accusing him of being a suspect in the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas School in Florida Jones had no evidence to support his claim The suit says the allegations have “irreparably tainted” Fontaine’s reputation

Brennan Gilmore’s suit levels the same charge It also states Jones indirectly inspired doxx attacks and death threats against Gilmore None of this restricts Alex Jones’ freedom of speech It merely holds him to account over statements that have a serious impact on other people’s lives InfoWars own terms of service states clearly that “It is not censorship if you violate the rules and your post is deleted

All civilisations have rules and if you violate them you can expect to be ostracised from the tribe” According to Professor Judith Giesberg, in recent years the world has descended into a culture war in which no one is safe On the other hand, it has allowed some people to make careers In many ways, Jones hasn’t been silenced or censored His views still get broadcast to millions of listeners via the InfoWars website

However, by banning him from some of the largest information distributors on Earth, his views are now largely limited to an echo chamber

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