Facebook, YouTube, Apple, and Spotify, have all removed Alex Jones and his company, InfoWars, from their streaming services, in a move that has been praised by some, and vehemently opposed by others.
Alex found himself in trouble in a court of law after he claimed the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a hoax, created for the justification of removing American Second Amendment rights.
On Sunday, Apple was the first to drop the political pundit from their roster, and then on Monday, both YouTube and Facebook said his content would be banned due to violating their terms and policies.
Additionally, Spotify eliminated The Alex Jones Show from their platform. While many on social media appeared elated in light of the news, Brent Bozell, the president of the Media Research Center, said that censoring media organizations was a step down a slippery slope. In fact, he argued it was much more.
Bozell wrote, “banning him and his outlet is wrong. It’s not just a slippery slope, it’s a dangerous cliff that these social media organizations are jumping off” for the sake of pleasing liberal organizations, including CNN.
Alex Jones is now an unperson, straight out of the plot of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four. Regardless what you think of him and Infowars, this is the equivalent of digital book burning and sets a horrifying precedent for mass censorship by Big Tech.
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) August 6, 2018
As you may know, this comes after it was revealed that CNN played a role in trying to have InfoWars removed from a number of different streaming and downloading services.
Bozell claimed this was a wrong decision on the part of the aforementioned tech companies. Ben Shapiro, a conservative commentator, said that while Alex spouts conspiracy theories and other disputed claims, the term “hate speech” is too ambiguous, insinuating that companies may use the term to justify eliminating political voices in the future.
Mr. Shapiro added that what makes it so bad, is their decision to censor Alex Jones, but not pundits on the other side of the political spectrum who are equally as bad.
Other analysts, including Mark Dice – in a tweet you can see above – argued that the step made by tech companies such as Facebook are a step in the wrong direction, and set a “horrifying” precedent for moving forward.