YouTube has deleted four videos released by InfoWars founder Alex Jones, the controversial online personality known for conspiracy theories, which triggered a "strike" against him
strike means that Jones has not content for three months can stream live. If he receives a second strike within this time frame, YouTube will prevent him from uploading new content for two weeks. YouTube deletes accounts after a third strike within that time period.
The videos uploaded on The Alex Jones Channel included hate speech against Muslims; One showed the headline "How to Prevent Liberalism" and showed an adult who pushed a child to the ground. In a blog post, InfoWars said YouTube claimed that all four videos violated the "violent or graphic content policy".
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YouTube has stated this in a statement to CNNMoney. "We've been following a policy against child harm and hate speech for a long time," reads Google's statement, which owns YouTube. "We consistently apply our policies to the content in the videos, regardless of the speaker or channel."
InfoWars has not responded to the CNNMoney request for comment. However, Jones tweeted a confirmation of the YouTube campaign with a link to the InfoWars website ̵
Although YouTube finds content offensive enough for deletion, it continues to make money by placing ads on the channels it and InfoWars run on the platform. If these channels are actually monetized, as Jones said earlier, InfoWars receives some of the advertising revenue from the channels, which have more than 2.4 million subscribers.
Jones and InfoWars regularly engage in conspiracy theories, including the claim that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shoot was a hoax. Some victims families sue Jones for slander. Jones said his lawyers were "very, very confident" that the lawsuits were "reckless" and "thrown" in court. "They are dropped because they have no merit," Jones said.
YouTube struck Jones after Parkland Shooting in February, claiming that shooting survivor David Hogg, who has become a staunch gun control advocate, is a "crisis actor." Jones also lost his ability to live. Although the last picket is Jones from livestreaming, he often uploads broadcasts after the fact.
Two recent CNN investigations revealed that YouTube placed ads on InfoWars channels without the knowledge of the advertisers. As a result of the investigation, some companies have discontinued advertising on the platform.
CNNMoney (New York) First published on July 25, 2018: 11:38 pm ET