YouTube threatens to shut down right-wing Infowars channel
10 March 2018
On March 3, right-wing radio host Alex Jones, publisher of the conspiracy theorist website Infowars, tweeted that his YouTube profile, called the “Alex Jones Channel”, had been frozen and received warnings that “all 33 thousand videos” would be erased within 24 hours.
The next day, a YouTube spokesperson confirmed that the company had removed advertisements from the channel, in a move known as “demonetization.” Several videos posted by the channel have already been removed.
Infowars is a clearinghouse for right-wing conspiracy theories and a gathering place for neo-Nazis and white supremacists. Jones, who has his origins in the far-right militia movement, declared on his program last year that Democrats and communists were planning to unleash “white genocide.” He was also one of the main proponents of “Pizzagate,” claiming that Hillary Clinton was running a child sex ring out of a pizza parlor. Jones has been praised by the editor of the Daily Stormer and other far-right figures around the world.
Notably, censoring Jones’ channel has only brought more attention to the right-wing demagogue. Jones, whom claims to be “anti-establishment,” announced that his account was facing “the biggest censorship we have ever seen.” YouTube targeting his channel serves to confirm his allegations, garnering him more support among layers of the population who are opposed to the status quo.
In bringing attention to the implications of YouTube censoring the Alex Jones Channel, the WSWS remains resolutely opposed to the retrograde politics of Jones and those who associate with him. However, the WSWS defends the democratic right to free speech on the Internet and…