Apple, Facebook and YouTube Remove Content From Alex Jones and Infowars

Ken AshfordRight Wing Punditry/Idiocy, Social NetworkingLeave a Comment

New York Times:

Top technology companies erased most of the posts and videos on their services from Alex Jones, the internet’s notorious conspiracy theorist, thrusting themselves into a fraught debate over their role in regulating what can be said online. 

Apple, Google, Facebook and Spotify severely restricted the reach of Mr. Jones and Infowars, his right-wing site that has been a leading peddler of false information online. Mr. Jones and Infowars have used social media for years to spread dark and bizarre theories, such as that the Sandy Hook school shooting was a hoax and that Democrats run a global child-sex ring. Apple made its move on Sunday and the others followed on Monday. 

The actions, one of the tech companies’ most aggressive efforts against misinformation, highlighted a difficult dilemma for their businesses. They have long desired to combat misinformation online, but they have also been reluctant to be arbiters of truth.

And cue the loud moaning of the conservatives about this being a violation of free speech.  It’s not of course, as this is simply tech giants enforcing (belatedly) their own terms of service.

Alex is taking it badly….

But the hysteria is hype.