Not known for being shy, InfoWars host Alex Jones spoke in a room full of journalists claiming his being “de-platformed” and “un-personed” is the result of a “dangerous authoritarianism” that is threatening America.
On Sept. 5, outside the Twitter and Facebook Congress hearing in Washington D.C., Jones stood before the press and spoke in length about how he believes he and others like him have been targeted by big tech companies and media outlets.
Jones believes tech giants Facebook, Google, and Apple’s recent decision to permanently remove his show from their platforms will be used as a precedent to “de-platform” other conservative voices.
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All of the companies have responded to his claims, citing the bans were the result of his repeated behavior policy violations.
Jones commented about the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting, claiming there were employed crisis actors involved, which led him to believe the shooting was “synthetic, completely fake, with actors, in my view, manufactured.”
This belief—popularized by Jones on his show, InfoWars—led to the continual harassment of Veronique De La Rosa and Leonard Pozner, who relocated seven times and now live in a high-security community as the result of continual online harassment and death threats following the death of their 6-year-old son, Noah Pozner, in the Sandy Hook shooting.
De La Rosa and Pozner are now suing Jones for spreading falsehoods about the tragedy.
In spite of these claims, Jones believes the tactics used to silence him and other conservative voices on platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google, and Apple are “un-American,” and are an attack on the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights.
“What country have we turned into for the New York Times, Washington Post and CNN, to openly lobby to take me off every platform?” Jones asked.
“I am here because there is a concerted effort by the Democratic Party and multinational corporations, and big tech to silence conservative and nationalist and populist voices ahead of this critical midterm election,” Jones said.
The founder of InfoWars has faced mounting public pressure seeking the removal of his accounts, citing his speech as being “hateful and harmful,” according to Newsweek.
Today, we permanently suspended @realalexjones and @infowars from Twitter and Periscope. We took this action based on new reports of Tweets and videos posted yesterday that violate our abusive behavior policy, in addition to the accounts’ past violations. https://t.co/gckzUAV8GL
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) September 6, 2018
Despite coming under fire, initially Twitter did not ban Jones from the platform, but did suspend his account temporarily. However, after Jones broadcasted his Capital Hill press conference on Twitter, the social media giant banned the accounts of Jones and InfoWars the following day. Twitter announced the decision was made due to “new reports of Tweets and videos posted yesterday that violate our abusive behavior policy.”
When asked for his comment on why Twitter concluded that Jones had breached their Terms of Service, the InfoWars proprietor said it was “subjective” and cited actor Peter Fonda’s tweet as an example of bias by the company. On June 20, Fonda had tweeted that “he wanted to kidnap the President’s son and put him in a cage for pedophiles to rape,” but Twitter took no action against the actor’s account.
Twitter defended their decision by saying it was not Jones’s first violation of their terms.
“A globalist sell-out of our country to communist China.”
A major concern Jones stressed many times during the press conference was the influence China had over America and how US companies have aided the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in oppressing its citizens.
“Apple and Google have already moved to China and are helping round up political dissidents,” Jones said.
“Apple has moved the iCloud to China and has given the government the code keys to everyone’s Apple device—a total national security violation of the highest levels ever seen,” Jones told the press.
Speaking of Google and Apple’s move to China, where the tech giants will comply with the Communist Party’s censorship demands, Jones said “they are helping censor and round up political dissidents, the Buddhists, and the Christians, and others, who are taken and worked to death, and their organs harvested!”
Jones also notes China’s influence in America to run deep and that it penetrates different industries.
“China is running the show,” he said. “They own all six major Hollywood production houses, they own the national debt, they bought off all of our politicians, they were given the Panama Canal, they have 98 percent of rare earth minerals. You think the Chinese government got 98 percent of rare earth minerals by accident?
“Federal regulators preclude US firms from extracting them. We have been handicapped by design by the Communist Chinese that murder their political dissidents, that murder Falun Gong, that murder Christians, and murder gays, and people can laugh about it.”
Jones has never been shy about expressing his opinion regarding the CCP, which is one of the reasons he believes he is being targeted now.
“A globalist sell-out of our country to communist China,” as Jones puts it, is “why I’ve been targeted.”
Media outlets in the United States also do not report on news topics that are deemed sensitive to the CCP, he said.
“Mainstream media doesn’t say a word about China killing 100 million of its own people. They don’t say a word about killing Christians, or Falun Gong, or anybody else,” Jones said.
Despite no longer having accounts on social media anymore and facing lawsuits, the current situation has not deterred Jones at all.
“They’re filing frivolous lawsuits on me to silence me,” Jones said. “They don’t care they’re gonna end up losing the suit under the law. They’re just using it as a way to try to intimidate everybody.
“So there is a war against free speech in this country and I’m here raising the alarm.”