BREAKING: YouTube to Delete Alex Jones’ Channel Within 24 Hours- Pepe the Frog cartoonist sues Infowars

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    Mar 04, 2018 6:40 PM GMT
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    InfoWars boss Alex Jones announced Saturday night from his Twitter account that YouTube has frozen his channel with billions of views and over 2.2 million subscribers.

    Jones also said that he was told all 33,000 videos he has uploaded to YouTube will be erased on Sunday.

    Alex Jones tweeted, “The Alex Jones channel with billions of views is frozen. We have been told it will be deleted tomorrow and all 33 thousands videos will be erased. We just set up this new page subscribe if you want to see what the SPLC wants censored..

    Alex Jones redirected readers to his new YouTube channel ‘InfoWars Censored.’ At the time of this publication, the new channel had over 1,200 subscribers.

    As previously reported, CNN was openly lobbying Google and YouTube to shut down competitor Infowars.

    Infowars has several employees and several programs.

    Today it’s InfoWars – Who’s next?





    Alex Jones previously received two guideline strikes on his massive YouTube channel for his criticism of the Parkland shooting survivors.

    On Saturday, YouTube hit InfoWars with a third strike, ultimately shutting the channel down

    After one strike was removed earlier in the week, YouTube hit the Alex Jones Channel with a third strike for a video that had already been appealed and restored.

    In the video, Jones clearly explains how the victims of the Parkland shooting were not “crisis actors”.

    YouTube’s flagging system is clearly being abused in a flagrant effort to shut down Infowars following a public campaign by CNN.

    This sets a horrific precedent for free expression and the First Amendment and YouTube is in direct violation of the Communications Decency Act in adopting this approach


    Update: Senior tech writer at Buzzfeed Charlie Warzel says he reached out to YouTube and there is no plan to erase Jones’ channel tomorrow



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    Mar 04, 2018 6:42 PM GMT


    Advertisers flee InfoWars founder Alex Jones' YouTube channel
    http://money.cnn.com/2018/03/03/technology/youtube-ads-infowars-alex-jones/


    Some of the biggest brands in the U.S. had ads running on the YouTube channels for far-right website InfoWars and its founder, notorious conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, and they say they had no idea YouTube was allowing their advertising to appear there.

    Last week, YouTube reprimanded the conspiracy theory site and Jones for violating its community guidelines after a video posted to The Alex Jones Channel, InfoWars' biggest YouTube account, claimed student anti-gun activists were actors.



    Now YouTube and Jones' channel on it are in the spotlight again. CNN has discovered ads on InfoWars' channels from companies and organizations such as Nike (NKE), Acer, 20th Century Fox, Paramount Network, the Mormon Church, Moen, Expedia (EXPE), Alibaba (BABA), HomeAway, Mozilla, the NRA, Honey, Wix and ClassPass.

    Even an ad for USA for UNHCR, a group that supports the UN refugee agency UNHCR, asking for donations for Rohingya refugees was shown on an InfoWars YouTube channel.

    Many of the brands -- including Nike, Moen, Expedia, Acer, ClassPass, Honey, Alibaba and OneFamily -- have suspended ads on InfoWars' channels after being contacted by CNN for comment. The companies, with the exception of Alibaba, which declined to comment, said they had been unaware their ads were running on The Alex Jones Channel. CNN discovered the HomeAway advertising shortly before publishing this story, and has not yet received a response from that company.


    InfoWars and Jones are known for peddling conspiracy theories, including the false idea that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012 was a hoax.


    Related: InfoWars' main YouTube channel is two strikes away from being banned


    The brands purchased ad campaigns from YouTube, which is owned by Google, or through marketing companies that broadly targeted demographics and user behavior. Companies that purchase ads this way don't necessarily know where their commercials will eventually show up, but they can use exclusion filters to avoid having them appear on certain channels and kinds of content.

    Several brands expressed concern about the ads' placement to CNN and said they have reached out to YouTube about the situation.

    A Nike spokesperson said the company was "disturbed to learn that we appeared on [The Alex Jones Channel]." It has since asked YouTube to address why the channel wasn't flagged by a filter it had enabled.

    Nike, like some of the other brands, opted in to a "sensitive subject exclusion" filter to better control where its ads appear. The exclusion filters include, according to YouTube: "Tragedy and Conflict;" "Sensitive Social Issues;" "Sexually Suggestive Content;" "Sensational & Shocking;" and "Profanity & Rough Language."

    YouTube did not respond to questions from CNN about whether the channels should have been excluded by any of those filters.

    "We have a filter and brand safety assurances from Google our content would never run around offensive content," a Paramount Network spokesperson said, adding that the company is trying to find out what "went wrong."

    An Acer spokesperson confirmed the company also had reached out to its partners at YouTube, saying its "existing filters should have prevented this." The spokesperson said the company has set up additional filters to further block its ads from appearing on "divisive channels in the future."

    "We take great measures to ensure our ads do not run on videos with sensitive content," a spokesperson for Grammarly, an online grammar-checker tool, told CNN on Friday. It was aware their ads had run on an InfoWars channel, the spokesperson said, and had been working closely with YouTube to ensure it didn't happen again.

    A half hour after it sent CNN that statement, Grammarly ads were still running on an InfoWars YouTube channel. Its ads were also running on a YouTube channel that did not appear to be explicitly affiliated with InfoWars, but reposted InfoWars videos.

    A Grammarly spokesperson said on Saturday the company had not been aware of the ads. "We have stringent sensitive subject exclusion filters in place with YouTube that we believed would exclude such channels. We've asked YouTube to ensure this does not happen again."

    CNN has asked YouTube for further comment, but has not yet heard back.

    Honey, a company that finds discounts for shoppers online, told CNN it unknowingly spent $169.64 to promote its brand on the Alex Jones YouTube channel. Honey said its first video ad appeared on the channel on January 21 and that eventually its ads on the channel received about 300 plays per day.

    "[It] clearly was outside of our expectations [that this would happen by] using their sensitive subject exclusions tool," Honey co-founder Ryan Hudson told CNN.

    The company's ad continued to play on The Alex Jones Channel until Wednesday, when CNN asked if it had any comment on why the ad was running there.

    A spokesperson for 20th Century Fox said the company was unaware its ad had been placed on an InfoWars YouTube channel and after learning it had, immediately took it down. The company believes that it existing filters should have prevented it showing on the InfoWars channel

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    Mar 04, 2018 6:50 PM GMT
    Actor FREAK !


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    Mar 04, 2018 6:54 PM GMT
    Since YouTube is a private online service, like RealJock is, are discussions of US Constitutional protections regarding government censorship relevant? What law requires private providers to comply with the US 1st Amendment? And must non-US based and multi-national Internet providers also comply with the US Constitution?
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    Mar 04, 2018 7:01 PM GMT
    Oh well, at least it will give him a new conspiracy theory to ponder while he contemplates his lost revenues.
  • Dom5

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    Mar 05, 2018 12:18 PM GMT
    art_deco saidSince YouTube is a private online service, like RealJock is, are discussions of US Constitutional protections regarding government censorship relevant? What law requires private providers to comply with the US 1st Amendment? And must non-US based and multi-national Internet providers also comply with the US Constitution?


    Sounds like things we all should know the answers to. Lack of knowledge gets us all hoodwinked.
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    Mar 05, 2018 6:02 PM GMT
    Such people have long been the target of what is now, 'the fascist left.'
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    Mar 05, 2018 7:25 PM GMT
    YouTube Account Termination Policy
    YouTube will terminate a user's access to the Service if, under appropriate circumstances, the user is determined to be a repeat infringer.
    YouTube reserves the right to decide whether Content violates these Terms of Service for reasons other than copyright infringement, such as, but not limited to, pornography, obscenity, or excessive length. YouTube may at any time, without prior notice and in its sole discretion, remove such Content and/or terminate a user's account for submitting such material in violation of these Terms of Service.

    https://www.youtube.com/static?template=terms

    Dom5 said
    art_deco saidSince YouTube is a private online service, like RealJock is, are discussions of US Constitutional protections regarding government censorship relevant? What law requires private providers to comply with the US 1st Amendment? And must non-US based and multi-national Internet providers also comply with the US Constitution?


    Sounds like things we all should know the answers to. Lack of knowledge gets us all hoodwinked.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Mar 05, 2018 9:35 PM GMT
    ElnathB saidActor FREAK !


    At first I thought that it was hilarious the way Alex Jones was going off his rocker ranting and raving like a petulant child. However, towards the end of this rant he was clearly deranged and threatening and I found that to be very scary. This man just demonstrated to me that he is completely unbalanced and potentially dangerous. The worst part of this situation is that there are a large number of ignorant right wing whackos who will soak up this shit and eventually act out on it. That has me very concernedicon_exclaim.gif
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    Mar 06, 2018 1:13 PM GMT
    He's playing a game. He knows what his viewers want and he gives it to them.
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    Mar 07, 2018 2:17 AM GMT

    Pepe the Frog cartoonist sues Infowars over poster sales
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/pepe-the-frog-cartoonist-sues-infowars-over-poster-sales/2018/03/06/72c2e762-219d-11e8-946c-9420060cb7bd_story.html?utm_term=.99ea8aa47d81



    The cartoonist who created Pepe the Frog has sued conspiracy-promoting website Infowars for selling a poster copying the character, which became hijacked by racist internet trolls and far-right extremists.

    The copyright infringement lawsuit, filed Monday in Los Angeles, is the second that California-based cartoonist Matt Furie has brought as part of a legal campaign to reclaim his creation.

    Infowars’ website is the online platform for right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Furie’s lawsuit says he didn’t authorize the site to sell a poster that depicts the anthropomorphic frog alongside images of Jones, President Donald Trump, far-right agitator Milo Yiannopoulos and other right-wing figures.

    Jones described the lawsuit as a “publicity stunt.” Although he stressed that Infowars didn’t produce the poster, Jones said he views it as an expression of political speech protected by the First Amendment.

    “My listeners understand this is all frivolous,” Jones told The Associated Press. “We don’t have any choice but to fight back, and the law is on our side.”


    Infowars is selling the Pepe-adorned “MAGA” poster for $29.95 and says it was created by “renowned artist and patriot” Jon Allen. Jones said Infowars has sold about 1,000 of the posters but added that it’s hardly one of the site’s most popular items.

    “I think the frog is stupid looking. I think it’s a dumb meme,” Jones said.

    Last June, Furie launched a “Save Pepe” crowdfunding campaign to raise money for a new comic book. He also enlisted help from attorneys to pursue legal action against people who appeared to be profiting off Pepe’s image without his permission.

    “I think there has been progress,” said Louis Tompros, one of Furie’s lawyers. “It is a little bit like whack-a-mole, candidly.”

    In October, Furie sued a woman in Kansas City, Missouri, for allegedly selling oil paintings featuring Pepe, including one in which a masked Pepe is holding a rifle in front of what appears to be the White House. That suit is still pending.

    Tompros said white nationalist Richard Spencer and other far-right fringe figures have complied with written requests to stop using Pepe’s likeness without permission. However, Tompros said Furie’s attorneys didn’t email and mail requests for Infowars to remove the poster from its online store until after they filed the lawsuit.


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  • northbeach

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    Mar 07, 2018 2:43 AM GMT
    roadbikeRob said
    ElnathB saidActor FREAK !


    At first I thought that it was hilarious the way Alex Jones was going off his rocker ranting and raving like a petulant child. However, towards the end of this rant he was clearly deranged and threatening and I found that to be very scary. This man just demonstrated to me that he is completely unbalanced and potentially dangerous. The worst part of this situation is that there are a large number of ignorant right wing whackos who will soak up this shit and eventually act out on it. That has me very concernedicon_exclaim.gif


    But your buddies here on RJ all love him!