YouTube Bans Alex Jones...Here's How Liberals and Conservatives Responded

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Posted: Aug 06, 2018 8:40 PM
YouTube Bans Alex Jones...Here's How Liberals and Conservatives Responded

It set social media ablaze Monday. YouTube decided to ban InfoWars' controversial radio host Alex Jones from its platform, citing hate speech. Jones has peddled conspiracy theories like suggesting the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was staged. 

“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 explained.

Many social media users applauded the decision, noting it was high time Jones's conspiratorial rhetoric be stripped of its reach.

Others, though, think YouTube is setting a "dangerous precedent."

Media Research Center President Brent Bozell agrees that censorship is not the answer.

“I don’t support Alex Jones and what InfoWars produces," Bozell said in a statement. "He’s not a conservative. However, banning him and his outlet is wrong. It’s not just a slippery slope, it’s a dangerous cliff that these social media companies are jumping off to satisfy CNN and other liberal outlets.”

While Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has not specifically commented on the YouTube decision, we can all guess how he feels judging by how he defended Jones's right to exercise his First Amendment freedoms after Facebook's ban.

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"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?" Cruz wrote. "Free speech includes views you disagree with."

Spotify and Apple joined Facebook and YouTube in their decision to ban Jones's content. Twitter, however, does not seem to have any plans to follow suit.