YouTube removes Alex Jones' page, following bans from Apple and Facebook
- YouTube removed Alex Jones' page, following similar moves from Apple, Facebook and Spotify.
- YouTube said in a statement that Jones repeatedly violated its policies.
YouTube has removed Alex Jones' page, following bans earlier Monday from Apple and Facebook.
The Alex Jones Channel, which counts 2.4 million subscribers, still appeared in YouTube search results by midday Monday, but presented only a take-down notice when users clicked in.
"This account has been terminated for violating YouTube's Community Guidelines," the notice said.
Google had previously declined to comment on the InfoWars host's standing, but said in a statement to CNBC in response to the removal of the page: "All users agree to comply with our Terms of Service and Community Guidelines when they sign up to use YouTube. 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."
YouTube counts "strikes" against pages for posts that violate the company's policies. Jones received a strike in July when he posted four videos that violated YouTube policies against child endangerment and hate speech, the company said in a statement to CNBC.
A page with one strike against it is suspended from live streaming for 90 days, YouTube said, but Jones attempted to circumvent the suspension by live streaming on other channels. As a result, his page was terminated, the company said.
The InfoWars YouTube page, which has significantly fewer subscribers, was still live as of noon ET.
Jones and his controversial radio show have for several weeks been at the center of a debate around fake news and misinformation on digital platforms. Facebook and CEO Mark Zuckerberg drew criticism last month for declining to remove the InfoWars page.
Music streaming service Spotify removed InfoWars podcasts last week, and Apple and Facebook each cited violations of company policies regarding hate speech in banning Jones on Monday.
Jones confirmed on Twitter that he had been banned by Facebook, Apple and Spotify.
"What conservative news outlet will be next?" he tweeted.
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