Alex Jones, conspiracy theorist and founder of InfoWars, has received his second year's wrist-hitting from YouTube.
The Google video giant (googl) has deleted four videos posted by Jones and "strikes" against him.
YouTube has reportedly removed videos that contained hate speech against Muslims and transgender people, and another related to child exposure. With the strike, Jones will not be able to get to the site for three months, at which time the strike will expire.
If Jones receives another attack within that time, he will be banned from uploading new content for two weeks. And a third strike within the 90 days would result in Jones & # 39; s YouTube account being completely deleted.
Yet, Jones has not pushed its content to the limits of acceptance on YouTube. He received a strike in early February after releasing a video claiming Parkland survivor David Hogg was a "crisis actor." Because the three months have passed, the two hits are not cumulative.
YouTube, for its part, said it has "been against child harm and hate speech for a long time." We consistently apply our policies to the content of the videos, regardless of speaker or channel. "
But controlling inappropriate content has been a challenge for YouTube, and Jones has written not only on his other social media channels that the videos remain available on the InfoWars website, but also on social media sites like YouTube has a hard time pushing the line between free speech and hate speech.
YouTube, Facebook (fb), and others have come under increasing criticism for failing to enforce fake news, conspiracy theories and harassment and bullying While social media sites have pledged to do more to address these concerns, no one has gone as far as to ban Jones from their sites, and they are often slow to remove inflammatory content.
Jones threatened earlier this week to shoot special adviser Robert Mueller and accused him of being a pedophile, YouTube eventually picked up the video, but it stays on Facebook since the company claims that it does not violate its rules.
Freedom of expression and enterprise policy are undoubtedly part of the equation. Financial incentive can be another. According to CNN, YouTube, while finding Jones's content offensive, earns money for pre-roll ads placed in its videos posted on the site. And the site has reportedly even run ads on Jones' InfoWars channels without the advertisers knowing about it ̵