Youtube Bans Infowars As '3rd Strike' Threatens To Silence Independent Media
Jones claims that Youtube's flagging system is being an abused
Independent media news website, Infowars, has received its third strike from video sharing platform Youtube threatening to "complete deletion" of the news outlet.
Founder Alex Jones claimed the "real agenda" behind the recent purge of independent media channels is to silence people who question the official narrative of the likes of CNN and CNBC.
Jones claims that Youtube's flagging system is being an abused by entities using it as part of a campaign to silence the voice of independent media.
The recent Florida shooting has once again flared up the debate over gun control in the US as Jones claims that the events are being used to remove the second amendment.
According to Infowars: After one strike was removed earlier in the week, YouTube hit the Alex Jones Channel with a third strike for a video that had already been appealed and restored.
In the video, Jones clearly explains how the victims of the Parkland shooting were not “crisis actors”.
YouTube’s flagging system is clearly being abused in a flagrant effort to shut down Infowars following a public campaign by CNN.
This sets a horrific precedent for free expression and the First Amendment and YouTube is in direct violation of the Communications Decency Act in adopting this approach.
Hi, @TeamYouTube - can you explain why this @CNN video of their reporter bullying/harassing an old lady outside her home for posting memes doesn't violate your policy on bulling & harassment?— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) March 3, 2018
Thank you.https://t.co/QCXD4MwcVC pic.twitter.com/ft21lvxo3n
CNN seemingly gloated the possible demise of Jones: Infowar's biggest YouTube account, received one strike for that video, a source with knowledge of the account told CNN. YouTube's community guidelines say if an account receives three strikes in three months, the account is terminated.
That video focused on David Hogg, a strong voice among survivors of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The attention has given him a powerful platform -- but it has also made him the subject of demonstrably false conspiracy theories that claim he's so skilled as a public speaker that he must be a paid actor.
On Wednesday, YouTube removed the video from InfoWars' page for violating its policies on harassment and bullying. The video was titled, "David Hogg Can't Remember His Lines In TV Interview."