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Tech companies crack down on extremist Alex Jones

August 6, 2018

NEWTOWN - Families that that lost loved ones in the Sandy Hook massacre are no longer the only ones decrying the rhetoric of conspiracy extremist Alex Jones

Tech companies from Facebook to YouTube and from Apple to Spotify have taken a more aggressive stance against misinformation and hate speech promoted by the Texas-based host of InfoWars, by removing his platforms and banning his content.

The social media crackdown on Jones follows three defamation lawsuits filed against Jones and InfoWars by families who lost loved ones in the 2012 Sandy Hook School massacre that left 20 first-graders and six educators dead.

Jones is the high-profile extremist who has called the worst crime in Connecticut history “staged,” “synthetic,” “manufactured,” “a giant hoax,” and “completely faked with actors,” with “inside job written all over it.”

His attorneys have refuted the defamation charges, saying he no longer believes the Sandy Hook massacre was a conspiracy, and he has the right to be wrong.

On Monday, Facebook said enough is enough, calling Jones’ attacks ‘dehumanizing.’ The social media giant removed four pages related to Jones and his InfoWars program.

“All four Pages have been unpublished for repeated violations of community standards and accumulating too many strikes,” Facebook said in a statement on Monday.

Meanwhile Apple, Spotify and YouTube have also removed material published by Jones, the Associated Press reported.

In late July, Lenny Pozner and Veronique De La Rosa, whose son was slain in the Sandy Hook massacre, called out Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in an open letter for giving extremists “a safe haven for hate.”

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