Alex Jones — he of the rants and profuse sweating and unhinged hysteria — has been a controversial figure for years. Of late, Google and Facebook have come under increasing pressure to explain how his behavior, which includes racists monologues and his now-infamous claims that mass shootings are faked, isn’t a violation of their terms of service. Now YouTube, it appears, is listening.
The company gave Jones a “strike” this week for violating their broadcast standards, as reported by the Verge. Under YouTube policies, if you get three strikes within a three-month period, your channel is removed.
We have longstanding policies against child endangerment and hate speech,” a YouTube spokeswoman said in a statement. “We apply our policies consistently according to the content in the videos, regardless of the speaker or the channel. We also have a clear three-strikes policy and we terminate channels when they receive three strikes in three months.”
Although individual videos are usually counted as a strike, this strike comes from a bundle of four videos — which were classified as hate speech against Muslims and transgender people — plus child endangerment, for a video of a child being shoved by a grown man (which Jones posted as a comedy bit with the title “How to Deal with Liberals”). In a weird wrinkle, channel owners are allowed to bundle videos as a good-faith opportunity to clean up their offerings in order to prevent other potential violations. Still, the conspiracy theorist won’t be able to broadcast live for 90-days.
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