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YouTube removes videos, issues attacking Alex Jones



Alex Jones, Conspiracy Theorist and InfoWars Founder, has received his second wrist release of the year by YouTube.

Video-sharing giant owned by Google (googl) has deleted four videos posted by Jones and issued a "Strike" against him.

YouTube allegedly removed videos that contained hate speech against Muslims and transgender people and another that included an instance of child wreckage. With the strike Jones will not be able to stream to the site for three months, then the strike will expire.

If Jones receives another strike within this timeframe, he will be blocked from uploading new content for two weeks. And a third strike within the 90 days will cause the Jones YouTube account to be completely deleted.

Still, this is not the first time Jones has pushed its content to acceptable limits on YouTube. He received a strike earlier this year, in February after he sent a video where he claimed that Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg was a "crisis actor." Because the three month period has passed, the two strikes are not cumulative.

For its part, YouTube explained that it has "long-term policies against the extinction and hate speech of the child. We consistently use our policies according to the content of the videos, regardless of speaker or channel."

However, the offensive content of the police has been proven to be challenging for YouTube. Not only has Jones written on its other social media channels that the videos remain available on InfoWar's website, but also social media that YouTube has struggled to draw the line between freedom of expression and the hate speech.

YouTube, Facebook (fb), and others have come under scrutiny not to break down false news, conspiracy theories, harassment and bullying. And while social media have promised to do more to cope with these concerns, nobody has gone as far as banning Jones from their websites and they are often slow to remove inflammatory content.

Earlier this week, Jones threatened to shoot the Special Council Robert Mueller and accused him of being pedophile. YouTube eventually downloaded the video, but it is still on Facebook, as the company claims it does not violate the rules.

Freedom of expression and company policy are undoubtedly a part of the equation. Financial incentives may be another. According to CNN, despite finding Jones content disruptive, YouTube earns money on pre-roll ads that are posted on their videos posted on the site. And, of course, the site has placed ads on Jones InfoWars channels without the advertiser's knowledge, which eventually prompted some companies to withdraw advertising from YouTube entirely.


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