On Monday, Alex Jones was removed from Apple, Spotify, Facebook and YouTube
Facebook removed four of Jones’ pages for violating community guidelines multiple times
Apple was the first to remove Jones’ content on Monday
YouTube removed Jones’ channel that held 2.4 million subscribers
Jones is facing a defamation lawsuit from family members of Sandy Hook victims
It has been a hard start to the week for avid conspiracy theorist Alex Jones as Apple, Facebook and YouTube all appear to have said enough is enough.
It all started on Monday when Apple removed all but one of Jones’ podcasts from Apple Podcasts and iTunes. Spotify followed Apple’s lead by removing all episodes of The Alex Jones show.
The more significant hit came from Facebook when they deleted four of Jones’ pages. Facebook announced they removed Alex Jones Channel, Alex Jones, Infowars and Infowars Nightly News for violating community standards multiple times. The removal of the four pages took a combined total of 2.9 million likes from the Jones empire.
Last week YouTube removed four videos from The Alex Jones channel. However, on Monday, YouTube completely removed the channel which had an impressive 2.4 million subscribers. YouTube removed the channel for violating community guidelines.
Despite these social media giants cutting ties with Jones, it is doubtful this means the end for America’s most notorious conspiracy theorist. The Alex Jones radio show is syndicated through 160 radio stations around the country. Jones also still has his Twitter account which has 831,000 followers.
The move could backfire and strengthen Jones’ claims to diehard followers as well. Those that believe Jones’ conspiracy claims may feel this is nothing more than a move to “silence the truth”. Jones’ followers have crossed the line between Internet comments and real life several times over the years. One of the most notable was a Florida woman sentenced to five months prison for sending death threats to one of the Sandy Hook victim’s father.
Last year, 57-year-old Lucy Richards received jail time for one count of transmitting threats in interstate commerce. Richards was threatening Lenny Pozner, father of 6-year-old Noah who was killed in the December 14, 2012, mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
According to court documents, Richards sent emails and voicemail threats on or around January 10, 2016, saying “you gonna die, death is coming to you real soon” and “LOOK BEHIND YOU IT IS DEATH”. Richards threats were fueled by online conspiracy theorists such as Jones who have openly stated the Sandy Hook shooting never happened.
Last week a defamation lawsuit was filed against Jones and several associates by family members of four of the Sandy Hook students and two of the educators. One FBI agent who responded to the shooting is also on the suit against Jones. A total of six companies were named in the lawsuit, which included various entities connected to Jones and Info Wars. The suit accuses Jones of pushing the Sandy Hook hoax theory even though he does not believe it himself, claiming he only pushes the claim to make money.
The Jones defendants concoct elaborate and false paranoia-tinged conspiracy theories because it moves product and they make money. Not because they truly believe what they are saying, but rather because it increases profits.
Last year during a custody battle, Jones’ lawyer stated he was a “performance artist” when his estranged wife Kelly Jones claimed his on-air rants to be evidence he is “not a stable” father. Jones’ attorney Randall Wilhite said in response that “He’s playing a character. He is a performance artist”. Wilhite claimed that using Jones’ on-air character to judge him as a father would be like judging Jack Nicholson’s stability as a father for his role in Batman. His estranged wife disagreed with Wilhite’s claim.
He’s not a stable person. He says he wants to break Alec Baldwin’s neck. He wants J-Lo to get raped.