Facebook Suspends Profile of Conspiracy Theorist, InfoWars Founder Alex Jones

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A Facebook spokesperson confirmed in an email that the social network has enforced a 30-day time out for Jones after he was found to have violated Facebook's Community Standards. Both pages published new posts on Friday morning, with Jones appearing on a livestream on the Infowars page. "All four videos have been removed from Facebook".

"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. According to a report from CNET, Facebook banned Jones after it determined four videos on his pages violated its community standards.

This week, Facebook determined that one of Jones' recent videos - an inflammatory rant in which he accused Robert Mueller, the special counsel charged with the Russian Federation probe, of supporting paedophilia and pantomimed shooting him - did not violate its policies.

Facebook did not immediately reply to Fortune's request for comment.

It's the kind of step YouTube has yet to take against Jones.

Infowars said the the videos were deleted because they were "critical of liberalism". The spokesperson said the company made a mistake when it initially reviewed the video and corrected it upon reviewing the content again. The Alex Jones Channel received a strike back in February, but that has since expired.

A reminder: Jones was recently sued by parents of children massacred in the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting after his website InfoWars spread conspiracy theories that the children were "crisis actors" and that the shooting was a hoax. The company still claims that the video doesn't violate its community standards.

This month, at a press event in NY about Facebook's efforts to combat misinformation and false news, a reporter from CNN questioned company executives about why Infowars was still allowed to have a Facebook account.

Since founding Infowars in 1999, Jones has built a vast audience. In the statement, Jones accused CNN of publicly calling for the banning of his free speech and of being on a "campaign against competing news organizations and the First Amendment", which he called "outrageously anti-American". In three separate lawsuits, eight Sandy Hook families and an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent have sued Jones for defamation, The New York Times reports.

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