Facebook blocks Infowars’ Alex Jones from posting for 30 days

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The 30-day ban now affects Alex Jones personally, but not his fellow InfoWars page admins.

As well as taking down the videos, the InfoWars YouTube channel has been hit by a penalty known as a "community strike", which stops it broadcasting live for 90 days.

As Fast Company reported earlier, the social network is loathe to remove content that doesn't clearly violate its community guidelines because it reduces ad impressions, and Facebook would rather not be in the business of fact-checking.

The ban affects Jones personally, meaning he can not post to his various pages for the next 30 days.

YouTube has given Jones' channel multiple strikes before-after three strikes, the site will ban a user permanently-but after three months, a strike expires.

Facebook has imposed a 30-day suspension on Alex Jones - founder of the InfoWars conspiracy theory site.

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It wasn't immediately clear what specific content was contained in the four videos removed by Facebook, but CNET notes that several of the exact same videos removed by YouTube are no longer up on Jones' Facebook page either.

"We reviewed the content against our Community Standards and determined that it violates", the spokesperson told Mashable.

In a statement, Facebook said, "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)". Both pages published new posts on Friday morning, with Jones appearing on a livestream on the Infowars page. Those claims have resulted in harassment directed at Sandy Hook families and supporters.

Those four videos have since been removed from Jones' channels.

Carlson's comments about CNN in particular appear to reference a series of reports that were published by CNN, and which seemed meant to shame Facebook and YouTube for monetizing Infowars content. CNN simultaneously reported on companies who served ads on Infowars-produced content. Upon re-review, Facebook made a decision to take down the video for its violation.

CNN is reporting that Facebook has banned Jones from the site.

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