Facebook bans several people cited for hate speech

After years of pressure to crack down on hate and bigotry, Facebook has banned Louis Farrakhan, Alex Jones and other extremists, saying they violated its ban on “dangerous individuals.” (May 3)

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‘Political purge’: Facebook bans Infowars, Milo Yiannopoulos & others for ‘promoting hate’

Citing policies against ‘dangerous individuals and organizations,’ Instagram and Facebook banned Infowars, Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos and Louis Farrakhan, among others. Any mention of them will result in bans, too.

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2018 Was All About “The Line” — And Everyone Who Crossed It (HBO)

This year was a difficult one for the concept we refer to as “the line.” Plenty of people, platforms, and memes, managed to cross it, often without realizing — or admitting they’d realized — the line was ever there.

YouTube’s enfant terrible, Logan Paul, rang in the new year crossing the line when he published his vlog of a trip to Japan’s so-called Suicide Forest, stumbling across an apparent suicide victim. It wasn’t until Paul uploaded a video a month later in which he tasered a dead rat that YouTube thought the line had been crossed far enough for ad revenue to be disabled on his videos — though just temporarily. The whole experience forced Paul to look inward and realize that the only true path to redemption was obvious: a pay-per-view boxing match between himself and another YouTuber.

Tide Pods began their year as a laundry product, but within a week, the Tide Pod Challenge had launched a thousand explainers, and morphed into just another reason for baby boomers to write off an entire generation.

Tech platforms wrestled with where to draw the line all year when it came to policing content, as seen in the case of Alex Jones. It took Apple deleting five podcasts connected with Alex Jones from its iTunes store for Facebook to finally act, deleting four of his pages, with Twitter following with its ban soon after.

So as the year wraps up, here’s our attempt at cataloguing all the lines crossed this year. And here’s to the new year, full of hope and possibility — and so, so many lines, yet-to-be-crossed.

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Patriot Prayer hold ‘Free Alex Jones Rally’ in Austin, Texas

Members of right-wring group Patriot Prayer gathered and marched across Austin, Texas to show support for radio show host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on Saturday.
The “Free Alex Jones Rally” was organised by group after web giants such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube banned Jones’s content.

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From Facebook to Fakebook: Platform accused of censorship after fact-checking liberal site

Left-wing opinion site ThinkProgress has found itself censored by Facebook’s ‘fact checkers,’ just weeks after calling on the social network to censor right-wing polemicist Alex Jones. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9eco

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Marco Rubio vs Alex Jones: ‘Who are you, man?’

An interview with Senator Marco Rubio on the sidelines of a hearing about social media was disrupted by the recently deplatformed conservative speaker Alex Jones, who apparently came to complain about political bias of big tech.

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Marco Rubio and Alex Jones clash on Capitol Hill

(5 Sep 2018) Infowars host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones taunted Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) outside a hearing room, Wednesday. Rubio told Jones not to touch him while Jones called the Senator a “little punk” and “frat boy.” (Sept. 5)

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Infowars’ Alex Jones crashes social media hearing

(5 Sep 2018) Radio host Alex Jones showed up before a Senate hearing on social media to blast the Democratic party, the leading tech companies and others, claiming they are working together to silence conservative voices ahead of the midterm elections. (Sept. 5)

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American college applicant questioned about following Alex Jones’ Twitter

Monitoring who or what people follow online is already having repercussions for one American student.

During a college interview, the 17-year-old wasn’t asked about his educational success, but why he follows Alex Jones on Twitter – a controversial show host, recently banned by several social networks.

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War on InfoWars? Alternative news site banned by Apple, Facebook, Youtube for ‘hate speech’

YouTube has become the latest social media to stop publishing content by Alex Jones and his channel InfoWars on their platform, citing a breach of “community guidelines.” READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9bue

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