U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- Multiple platforms across the Internet have banned Alex Jones and his website, InfoWars. Apple, Spotify, and YouTube have all removed his content. These Internet platforms claim it is because of his campaign of harassment against refugees, Muslims, and transgender people. His supporters argue that this is just a coordinated attack against conservative voices.
Alex Jones is a conspiracy theorist that rails against what he calls the “New World Order” that “Globalist” run. He has pushed the theory of “Pizza Gate” which was a supposed child sex slave ring ran out of a Clinton linked pizza restaurant in DC. He also claimed that the victims of Sandy Hook were crisis actors.
Jones has made some pretty outlandish claims, and for the most part, I don’t buy into his theories. The question is, are these reasons enough to silence him? Was this a coordinated move or was it just a big coincidence?
These companies are well within their rights to refuse service to whomever they want. The First Amendment only protects people from the government and not companies, but these companies are pushing the idea that this doesn’t have to do with Jones’ politics. They are claiming that it has to do with the violation of their terms of service.
Does that reason really add up? What are the chances of all these companies banning him virtually at the same time? Laws of probability would make it seem more likely that these Internet giants banned InfoWars due to pressure from outside sources than from violations of TOS, and there is evidence that this is what happened.
CNN has been pushing for the banning of InfoWars for a while. On July 11th, Oliver Darcy penned a column for CNN Money that openly called for Facebook to ban InfoWars. In the article, CNN demanded that the social media giant explain why it has not banned InfoWars for fake news. CNN doesn’t have a very good recent track record with reporting accurate news itself.
CNN is not satisfied with just getting InfoWars removed from the YouTube, Facebook, Apple, and Spotify. Yesterday they published an article asking why that the InfoWars app is still available on the Google Play store. It seems like CNN smells blood in the water and want to take away people’s choices of where they get their news.
This situation isn’t just about CNN’s war against Jones though. It is about if these companies are being honest about not being victims of the pressure exerted by Social Justice Warriors. We can make an educated guess on this by examining the evidence at hand.
First, all these Silicon Valley companies claim that one of the reasons that Jones was banned was for harassing speech towards different groups. The Nation of Islam is an anti-white and anti-Semitic group. The Internet giants shouldn’t allow this group on their platforms if they judged right wing and left wing groups by the same standards, but yet the Nation of Islam has a YouTube page.
On one YouTube video, Louis Farrakhan pushes the conspiracy theory that the Jews control America. Google is letting this video stay up on their YouTube platform. We have to ask, “what is the difference between InfoWars’ conspiracy theories and The Nation of Islam’s?”
I would argue that Jones is considered to be right wing and that the blatant racist Farrakhan is on the far left. Social Justice Warriors cheer the removal of one but would decry censorship for the removal for the other. Social Justice Warriors only care about social justice when that social justice goes to whomever they deem worthy.
Rose City Antifa is an ultra-violent anarcho-communist group that was responsible for attacking peaceful protesters and the police this past weekend in Portland, Oregon. They have called for violence against just about everyone. They also push for the overthrow of the US government. Their Facebook page is still up.
In fact, Antifa pages are up across all platforms. Antifa has claimed to have poured concrete on railroad tracks, burned limos of a Muslim immigrant in DC, and threw explosives into crowds. All of their social media pages are still up, and no one is banning them.
What is the difference between InfoWars and Antifa (besides the fact that the DHS classifies Antifa’s actions as terrorist activities)? One is right wing, and one is left wing. I am not a conspiracy theorist, but the evidence against the Internet overlords is pretty damning.
When the political winds are used to silence voices, the Republic is imperial. Ray Bradbury wrote Fahrenheit 451 in 1953 about a future American dystopia where society demands the burning of books. Bradbury was making a point about the dangers of censorship. I would suggest my friends on the left wing read his masterpiece before it is too late.
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As much as censorship disgusts me, Alex Jones has been trending toward the abyss for some time now. It reminds me of Howard Stern in the 80’s and 90’s, the crazier you act the more attention you garner. Sorry Alex, this is not 20-30 years ago and the internet companies are not interested in First amendment rights. Besides YouTube is a PIT outside of a few decent people who got started under the original concept and still manage to dodge the lefties! I say let him speak! After all, the first amendment insures his freedom of speech, not the right… Read more »
This move by the big tech firms is nothing more than digital bookburning by globalist authoritarian fans. Killing ideas is only the first step. Next will come a demand to reeducate these “wrongthinkers,” and then will come the killing of those with “wrong” ideas.
John, terms of service create a contractual obligation on the part of the provider. That contract was breeched when they banned the conspiracy nut. It’s not as easy as saying “These companies are well within their rights to refuse service to whomever they want.” When there’s a contract that has to be taken into consideration. I guess in the real world it’s like Ray Kroc said, ” You know what – contracts are like hearts, they are made to be broken.”
Darren, Let’s go back a little while in history.
Let’s travel back to about 1933.
The individual I am referring to ran Germany during WWII.
His name was Hitler. He said, and I paraphrase; ” What are TREATIES? (You can substitute treaties with contracts)
They are nothing but INK on a PIECE of PAPER.”
Treaties and contracts mean nothing to people who have no HONOR to be bound by them.
These money hungry grubbing individuals/organizations are showing they are without HONOR or RESPECT for the agreements they have made.
I would like to know if the SCOTUS Is going to allow these left wing Silicon Valley Companies decide what is first amendment rights are or are not. When did they turn the Constitution over to them to decide. All of America should be up in arms about this.
@John Dunlap, You are aware, of course, that the First Amendment only limits governmental action.