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08/06/2018 12:43 pm ET Updated Aug 06, 2018

YouTube Bans Alex Jones And InfoWars Channels Citing Hate Speech, Harassment

The removal came hours after his Facebook page was removed for allegedly violating its policies.

Alex Jones’ personal YouTube channel, “The Alex Jones Channel,” has been terminated for violating community guidelines, the website announced on Monday.

The decision came just hours after the controversial conspiracy theorist’s Facebook page was similarly removed for allegedly violating its policies on graphic violence and hate speech.

YouTube channels for InfoWars and InfoWars Live, Jones’ affiliated channels, had also been terminated as of Monday afternoon.

Alex Jones, an American radio host, author and conspiracy theorist, has had his Facebook and YouTube accounts removed over hi
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Alex Jones, an American radio host, author and conspiracy theorist, has had his Facebook and YouTube accounts removed over his content.

In a statement, a YouTube spokesperson said the decision follows prior warnings to Jones about his content.

“When users violate these policies repeatedly, like our policies against hate speech and harassment or our terms prohibiting circumvention of our enforcement measures, we terminate their accounts,” the company said in an email.

Apple and Spotify have also removed Jones’ content.

Alex Jones' YouTube channel was removed on Monday for violating the website's guidelines, a spokesperson said.
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Alex Jones' YouTube channel was removed on Monday for violating the website's guidelines, a spokesperson said.

In a live video posted on his website following his channels’ removal, Jones called the social media sites “lying bullies” that are afraid of President Donald Trump’s presidency and conservative views.

“The war on your mind is in full swing as globalists remove outlets of liberty and truth, starting with the tip of the spear: Alex Jones,” a statement on his website read.

Twitter accounts belonging to Jones and InfoWars remained up and running on Monday afternoon, along with a LinkedIn page for InfoWars. InfoWars’ account on Periscope, which is owned by Twitter, was also active.

A spokesperson for Twitter, in a statement to CNBC, said the content on Jones’ Twitter and Periscope accounts does not violate its guidelines.

A spokesperson for Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

This story has been updated to include details on Jones’ Twitter and Periscope accounts.

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