Facebook finally suspends Alex Jones and Infowars for hate speech

"We received reports related to four different videos on the Pages that Infowars and Alex Jones maintain on Facebook", the spokesperson said in a statement provided to CNN.

The 30-day ban now affects Alex Jones personally, but not his fellow InfoWars page admins. So, when Jones-who has 2.4 million YouTube subscribers and 1.7 million Facebook followers-was given another strike this week, he was allowed to stay, despite sharing videos that included hate speech against Muslims and transgendered people and one that showed a man pushing a child.

"We apply our policies consistently according to the content in the videos, regardless of the speaker or the channel", a YouTube spokesperson said in a statement Wednesday.

"We reviewed the content against our Community Standards and determined that it violates", the spokesperson told Mashable. Facebook removed the offending videos Thursday.

Moreover, Facebook added that Jones' account was quite close to the point where it may face permanent deletion from the social network. The company is drawing a line by banning Jones for 30 days, but it's unclear if it would have done so if the news of Jones being punished on YouTube hadn't bubbled to the surface. YouTube's "strike" against Infowars means it is banned from live-streaming on the platform for 90 days. Jones has defended the videos on Twitter as being "critical of liberalism".

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The 30-day ban applies only to Jones personally, not to Infowars or to any of the other administrators of his Facebook page, which has almost 1.7 million followers. The content of those videos was not immediately made clear. The company still claims that the video doesn't violate its community standards.

This wasn't Jones' first warning this week.

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. Facebook previously notified Jones that his profile would be suspended if he received an additional content violation. "We try to make it so that it doesn't get much distribution".

Within Facebook, the free-speech issues raised by Infowars and Jones have become an especially contentious topic. Those claims have resulted in harassment directed at Sandy Hook families and supporters.

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