YouTube pulled four Alex Jones' Infowars videos because they contained hate speech and other content that violated its policies. Infowars was also temporarily prevented from live streaming its content on YouTube. The violation constitutes a "strike." If Infowars gets two more strikes during its 90-day probationary period, YouTube could kick Jones off it platform. It's unlikely that this will happen, though. Jones has almost 2.4 million followers and is therefore an advertising cash cow for YouTube's parent company, Google.
In two of the Infowars videos deleted by YouTube, Jones railed against Muslims and asserted that they were taking over control of European countries. Another video, titled "How To Prevent Liberalism," depicted a man shoving a young boy to the ground, while in the fourth video Jones compared the creators of a show featuring animated drag queens to Satanists.
"We have long-standing policies against child endangerment and hate speech," YouTube said in a statement. "We apply our policies consistently according to the content in the videos, regardless of the speaker or the channel."
On Wednesday, Facebook execs were grilled at the Television Critics Association summer tour about why Infowars was included in the Facebook Watch section. In response, Facebook VP of product Fidji Simo said, "I find Infowars absolutely atrocious. That being said, we have the hard job of trying to find a sense of balance between freedom of expression and safety."
In videos posted Tuesday on YouTube and Facebook, Jones called Robert Mueller, the special counsel who is investigating the Trump campaign's ties to Russia, a pedophile and threatened to shoot him. The YouTube video has been removed; Facebook said the video did not violate its policies.