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Free speech debate among Big Tech

[англ текст]All but one of the major content platforms have banned the accounts of Alex Jones as tech giants raced to act in the wake of Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) decision to remove podcasts by his Infowars website.

While Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), YouTube (GOOG, GOOGL) and Spotify (NYSE:SPOT) said his content violated community guidelines, such as those prohibiting hate speech and harassment, Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) is leaving his handles open, but will "take action if it needs to."

Некоему Алексу Джонсу, широко популярному в относительно узких кругах блоггеру, обрезали почти все его сервисы, где он распространял свои поделия: и ТыТрубку, и Мордокнигу, и Яблоко-подкаст, и Спотифай. Одновременно. Как указывают участники обсуждения, этот самый Джонс сделал себе имя на теориях заговоров (9/11 - дело рук ЦРУ, стрельба в недавней школе - инсценировка левых и т.д.). Сайт его пока не закрыли, и не закрыли эккаунт в Твиттере. Подробности тут:

Apple, YouTube, and others drop conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

[текст статьи](Reuters) - Apple Inc, Alphabet Inc’s YouTube, Facebook Inc and Spotify all took down podcasts and channels from U.S. conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, saying on Monday that the Infowars author had broken community standards.

The sweeping moves are the broadest actions yet by internet companies that previously have suspended or removed some of the conspiracy-driven content produced by Infowars.

Since founding Infowars in 1999, Jones has built a vast audience. Among the theories he has promoted is that the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington were staged by the government.

Facebook said it removed Alex Jones pages “for glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies.”

The Infowars app remained available on the app stores hosted by Apple and Alphabet’s Google Play, however, while Twitter Inc said that Infowars accounts were not currently in violation of its rules.

Alphabet and Apple did not immediately respond to questions about why the app remained available on their platforms.

Infowars editor-at-large Paul Joseph Watson said in a tweet here that the broad take-downs amounted to censorship and were intended to help Democrats in congressional elections due in November.

“Infowars is widely credited with having played a key role in electing Donald Trump. By banning Infowars, big tech is engaging in election meddling just three months before crucial mid-terms,” Watson wrote on the Infowars website.
FILE PHOTO: Alex Jones from speaks during a rally in support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump near the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo

Neither Jones nor a representative for Infowars was available for additional comment. None of the companies that took down the content commented on whether they had coordinated their actions.

The Alex Jones Channel on YouTube on Monday displayed a banner saying the account had been terminated for violating community guidelines, and a spokesperson added by email that repeated violation of policies such as those prohibiting hate speech and harassment led to termination of accounts.

Apple deleted most Infowars podcasts and a spokeswoman said in a statement that the company “does not tolerate hate speech” and publishes guidelines that developers and publishers must follow.

“Podcasts that violate these guidelines are removed from our directory making them no longer searchable or available for download or streaming,” Apple said in a statement. “We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions.”

Only one program provided by Infowars, “RealNews with David Knight,” remained on Apple’s podcasts platforms on Monday. BuzzFeed earlier reported that Apple had removed the library for five of Jones’s six Infowars podcasts, including the shows “War Room” and the daily “The Alex Jones Show.”

Twitter said in an email that content posted to other websites often was not put on Twitter and that tweets from Infowars typically were replied to by people rebutting and challenging it. If Infowars violates Twitter rules in the future, it will take action, it added.

Music and podcast company Spotify said on Monday that it had now removed all of Jones’s Infowars programs from its platform, after last week removing some programs.

A representative said that Spotify took seriously reports of hate content. “Due to repeated violations of Spotify’s prohibited content policies, The Alex Jones Show has lost access to the Spotify platform,” the representative said.

In late July, Facebook had suspended Jones’s personal profile for 30 days for what the company said was bullying and hate speech.

Jones has also promoted a theory that the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre was faked by left-wing forces to promote gun control. The shooting left 26 children and adults dead at a Connecticut elementary school.

Очень поучительно почитать комментарии на СикингАльфа (первый линк). Большинство народа очень недовольно и произносит грязное слово на "ц", отмечает, что сделано это за 90 дней до выборов в Конгресс, и даже:

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Alex Jones is one voice. The real story here is how coordinated the attack on him was by Big Tech. I know this is hard for you Americans to grasp but your media is very concentrated. I recall years ago walking into a magazine shop and seeing the exact same cover story on Time, Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report: THE TROUBLE WITH HOWARD DEAN. You see, this governor from Vermont was ahead in the Democratic race for President. They had to tell us what's wrong with him. I thought it an interesting coincidence that the three main news magazines had the exact same cover story and conclusion that week. In subsequent weeks, they had Gov. Dean portrayed as a bit nutty at his rallies, mentioned his teenage son has a criminal record, and you could not turn the channel without seeing his opponent John Kerry all over the news 24/7.
The New York Times will not point out an obvious lie like "Assad is gasing his own people" (this while he was routing the terrorists and chasing them away). If there was the SLIGHTEST journalistic integrity in America then far less people would be bombed and killed by the American Military Industrial Complex. The lies of Saddam's weapons of mass destruction would have easily been shot down by a truly free press with real journalists. Instead, we have propaganda mills of the deep state like the New York Times. It cost American taxpayers about $4 trillion to find out Saddam's weapons of mass destruction were a lie. It also cost 500,000 to 1 million Iraqis their lives. Americans were told we needed to attack Libya. Was it to bring freedom? Because we now have PUBLIC SLAVE MARKETS in Libya. Most glaring of all, the usa media gives a free pass to Saudi Arabia?! How can you not BLAST the Saudis for their attempted genocide in neighboring Yemen? How is that not all over the news if you have a truly free press with real journalists? How can the birthplace of the likes of Osama Bin Laden and so many other terrorists that have harmed America not be called out? Why didn't the Saudis make Trump's no fly list? Why does America's free press give certain nations a free pass? Why does the New York Times accept that a Korean-American woman can be so unbelievably sexist and racist and that's not a problem? She gets to keep her job but Roseanne is ruined? How many stories are there in the American press about South Africa's white farmers being slaughtered or the South African laws that permit their land be stolen from them without any compensation? The real story and the real worry is not Alex Jones. I'm still laughing at the MILITARY GRADE NERVE GAS that Russia unleashed in London that could not kill people or flies (but resulted in dozens of russian diplomats being sent home and tensions with a nuclear super-power rising to a boiling point). The New York Times takes the vilification of Russia seriously. The truth? LOL
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