Internet users can be banned from YouTube and Facebook, but Alex Jones' conspiracy dealers still remain. A squadron of fans and grifters downloads Infowars for each episode.
In early August, Facebook and YouTube banned Infowars and its founder, Alex Jones, citing the conspiracy trend to promote hate speech and incite violence, especially against minorities and opponents of the Trump government. But the conspiracy videos of the site are still online. Some of the videos are uploaded by Infowars fans. Other videos come from spam accounts, apparently trying to capture the opinion of Infoway fans. And a large subset comes from smaller accounts owned by Infowars and not affected by the ban.
At the time of the bans, Infowars' acolytes said they did not need the social media giants.
"Infowars' censorship confirms everything we said," tweeted Jones after the bans. (He has since been banned from Twitter). "Now, who will defend tyranny and defend freedom of expression? We are all Alex Jones now. "
Others said the bans would make Infowars more popular than ever before, an assertion that did not come to light when Infowars' viewership plummeted as a result of YouTube's expulsion.
But other personalities of Infowars seemed to plan to depend on large social media platforms like Facebook and YouTube. Shortly before the announcement of YouTube's ban in August, Infowars reporter Jake Lloyd asked viewers to follow Infowars' backup accounts in case of chain removal. main.
These dissociated accounts, which represent individual Infowars programs or use evocative names such as "NewsWars," represent tens of thousands of Facebook subscribers.
The NewsWars Facebook page, which has more than 33,000 subscribers, recorded 3.9 million video views between Infowars' Facebook ban in August and November, the source said. The Washington Post. Infowars owns the NewsWars site, and many of the videos on his Facebook page are excerpts from Infowars, including those that amplify the same hate speech that had already banned Interfarsar, the Daily Dot reported.
Other official Facebook pages promote individual Infowars salons, but cut through clips from a host of Infowars personalities. A page for the War Room show has more than 44,000 subscribers, while a page for the David Knight Show website has over 25,000 subscribers. A recently promoted clip on the David Knight Show's Facebook page includes racist alarmist remarks about the "fertility rates" of different races.
A Facebook representative said the company had no information to share on individual pages.
The clips and full episodes of Infowars have also proliferated on YouTube, despite a ban. Some chains of Infowars fans such as "Infowars Army" download these videos by the hundreds. Most videos have less than 1,000 views. However, despite the ban, a small subgroup of channels that extract Infowars allows you to see virtually all of Infowars' recent content on YouTube.
"There is clearly a whim that YouTube applies its standards in general, and despite a few clean-up measures, there is still a long way to go," said Laura Keiter, communications director of Media Matters.
But all imitators of Infowars are not superfans. You really have to make money to download episodes of broadcasts with a lot of fans. Some accounts listed by The Daily Beast downloaded excerpts from Infowars and prompted viewers to click on links to other websites to watch full episodes.
YouTube's policy is to remove channels dedicated to downloading Infowars videos without adding commentary or context, a Google spokesman told the Daily Beast. In theory, this policy should allow news agencies to download Infowars snippets with comments, or to illustrate interesting information about the channel.
But YouTube is a Media Info video that seems to follow YouTube's guidelines.
In April 2018, YouTube released the group video titled "What Alex Jones Said on the Sandy Hook Shootout". Jones claimed that the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary was a hoax and that she is currently being sued by the parents of the children murdered during the attack. . On Friday, parents won the win over Jones when a judge allowed them to access Infowars' internal documents.
After the brutal reaction of social media, YouTube reestablished the Media Matters video, but launched a "strike" against this video this week, saying "we found, once revised, that it violated our guidelines", said a spokesman for Media Matters at the Daily Beast. An account that receives three strikes over three months will be terminated.
YouTube rejected Media Matters' call on the strike, but left the video in place, the spokesman said.
"In the case of the Media Matters educational video that was sanctioned for the second time," said Keiter, "it is completely absurd to think, especially given the amount of white supremacy propaganda that exists on YouTube. , such as well-researched stories like Red Ice A television channel with hundreds of thousands of followers felt that a compilation of the worst attacks of Alex Jones against the victims of Sandy Hook and their families created by Media Matters following the announcement of defamation suits against Jones would be contrary to YouTube's guidelines. "
Meanwhile, videos of unpublished long Infars clips, which offer conspiracy theories about Sandy Hook's shooting, remain live on other channels. They have been there for years, a search is enough.