While living in South Asia you might have experienced a censor board banning the films for multiple reasons. That might be done due to the content of the film violating the religious or social sentiments of the nation. This suppressing backlashes sometime as people with curiosity went on watching the film just to know the reason what made this film being banned. In short, the banning of the film gets it more popular among people.
All the hoopla above is just to know you that quite similar is the story of Infowars, which was taken off from the mighty platforms like Facebook, YouTube and Spotify. But that couldn’t make a difference to the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his website Infowars.com. It should be noted here that since facing the ban on various gigantic internet platforms, the app of Infowars has spread as he ire in the bush. To be very exact, on Wednesday the Infowar App was top trending on the Google Play store. And same was the story on Apple App Store
Banning Infowars: The Tip of the Iceberg
The decision of banning Infowars wasn’t an overnight or a decision taken in haste, it was something top brass of the private internet companies long looking into. It won’t be wrong to say that Facebook and other concerned platforms were in two minds about the future of Infowars and so the man behind it Alex Jon. Now after the right-wing conspiracy theorist is done and dusted, the experts are of the view they delaying tactics by Facebook, Google and Apple worked in mobility of Jon’s idea through the internet and now with the ban, netizens have been more in quest of him, so they follow up his app.
As the difference of opinion is actually a thing, a faction is still seen tweeting in favour of Infowars, thinking that the Internet Giants have the handshake to barricade the freedom of speech of Alex Jones.
Why Alex Jones? Why Infowars?
Banning the conspiracy theorist seemed to work other way as the people who weren’t even familiar with Jones or what he had been doing all these years have gone on knowing about him as this is something really trending up on the news outlets and the app stores as well.
The question, which might be making you itch your head is why Alex Jones and his website got a blackout from the internet players. The answer is Jones who stood tall with 2.4 million followers on a YouTube channel got a shut up call for his ‘hate speech’ it isn’t that he became a victim to the ‘misinformation’ radar. Each of the internet platform banning Infowars has a reason behind and that’s not something other than hate-speech. It should be noted that social media giant Facebook is up with a strict policy against those spreading misinformation, but Jones who is a conspiracy theorist didn’t get axed due to all that.
To make thing clearer we are quoting the stance of tech companies behind banning Infowars.
Facebook: “Glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies.”
Apple: “Apple does not tolerate hate speech, and we have clear guidelines that creators and developers must follow to ensure we provide a safe environment for all of our users,” adding, “podcasts that violate these guidelines are removed from our directory.”
Spotify: “Expressly and principally promotes, advocates, or incites hatred or violence against a group or individual based on characteristics.”
Wait, are you missing Twitter, which is a kind number 1 choice of Trump and other politicians across the board?
If that’s so, Twitter hasn’t banned Jones or Infowars. Twitter CEO tweeted about the matter which sounds a bit of the technical tactic at once.
“Accounts like Jones’ can often sensationalize issues and spread unsubstantiated rumours,” Dorsey tweeted, “so it’s critical journalists document, validate, and refute such information directly so people can form their own opinions. This is what serves the public conversation best.”
Alex Jones and Conspiracy Theories
Jones is second to none when it comes when it comes to the leading conspiracy theorist in the US. He has been doing the same for the past two decades and has got on a fanbase of millions to hear his rants.
Here we are penning down a few of his conspiracy theories, which would better make you know apart from inciting hatred, the misinformation is something at its peak through Infowars:
- 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing was carried out by the federal government.
- The 9/11attack was an ‘inside job’, fabricated by the US government.
- The 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre was nothing more than a hoax and that too done by the government itself.
Is banning Infowars ‘Collusion’?
Respecting the stance of pro-Jones, pro-Infowars netizens here are some of the Tweets trying to term this blockade as a ‘Collusion’.
Am no fan of Jones — among other things he has a habit of repeatedly slandering my Dad by falsely and absurdly accusing him of killing JFK — but who the hell made Facebook the arbiter of political speech? Free speech includes views you disagree with. #1A https://t.co/RC5v4SHaiI
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 28, 2018
Infowars says it has been banned by Facebook for unspecified ‘hate speech’. Regardless of the facts in this case, the ability of Facebook to censor rivial publishers is a global anti-trust problem, which along with San Francisco cultural imperialism, reduces political diversity. https://t.co/xb5oY2JHzy
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) August 6, 2018
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) August 6, 2018
Big Tech is engaging in election meddling and COLLUSION.
Apple, Facebook, Spotify, YouTube (Google) all banned Infowars within 12 hours of each other.
This is unprecedented.
This is political warfare.https://t.co/7LeDltv51y
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) August 6, 2018