YouTube removed four videos from conspiracy theorist and radio host Alex Jones' channel. The network said the InfoWars channel violated the company's graphic content policy and suspended him from broadcasting live for 90 days.
Jones tweeted Wednesday that YouTube had taken down videos "critical of liberalism." One video titled “How To Prevent Liberalism” depicts a man shoving a kid to the ground. Another claims Muslim immigrants "conquered" Europe, while a third video calls the creators of the cartoon "Drag Tots" — a show about drag queen children — "Satanists," stating that they should fear God's wrath.
YouTube did not cite how these videos in specific violated their policy, but said in a statement: “We have longstanding policies against child endangerment and hate speech. We apply our policies consistently according to the content in the videos, regardless of the speaker or the channel. We also have a clear three strikes policy and we terminate channels when they receive three strikes in three months."
Jones posted the videos on his website Infowars, which often posts conspiracy videos, telling viewers "make up your own mind."
In addition to the removed videos, Jones will be barred from live streaming on YouTube for 90 days as part of his suspension. The suspension, known as a "community strike," functions as a three-strike warning. If Jones' channel receives two more strikes in three months it will be deleted from YouTube for good.
Jones' channel clocks in at over 2.4 million subscribers.
Some of Jones' most outlandish and unfounded conspiracies include the government staging some of the country's most tragic events, such as the 9/11 terrorist attack and the Sandy Hook massacre. Jones is currently wrapped up in several defamation lawsuits against him, including one filed by six families impacted by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and an FBI agent who responded to the attack.
YouTube has been under attack for the last two years for having an open platform that makes it easy for anyone to post videos that often fly under the radar. YouTube says some 400 hours of video are uploaded every minute, every day, and can get removed if they are flagged by a user.
There is little human oversight at YouTube, which mostly relies on machine learning to look for subjects that violate YouTube's community standards, but YouTube has vowed to hire additional humans in 2018 to help monitor videos.
YouTube's three-strike rule shows little restrictions after the first strike beyond live streaming privileges for two weeks. The second strike results in not being able to post new content on YouTube for two weeks. The third strike equals the YouTube account being terminated.
YouTube star Logan Paul got into hot water with the network earlier this year after two videos were shot of a suicide in Japan, and applying a taser to a dead rat. Paul was given two strikes. So far he hasn't hit the third strike.
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