Alex Jones gets a thread

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  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    Apple Has Permanently Banned Alex Jones' Infowars App From The App Store | BuzzFeed News

    Apple's App Store guidelines for developers forbid apps with "content that is offensive, insensitive, upsetting, intended to disgust, or in exceptionally poor taste."


    A day after being banned from Twitter, Alex Jones and Infowars have been booted from yet another platform: Apple's popular App Store. As of Friday evening, searches on the App Store for Infowars return no results.

    Apple confirmed the app's removal to BuzzFeed News, but declined to comment, pointing to its App Store Review Guidelines. The company said Infowars would not be permitted to return to the App Store.

    The first clause of those guidelines explicitly rejects "defamatory, discriminatory, or mean-spirited content, including references or commentary about religion, race, sexual orientation, gender, national/ethnic origin, or other targeted groups, particularly if the app is likely to humiliate, intimidate, or place a targeted individual or group in harm’s way."

    Infowars' app, which allowed users to read Infowars articles, shop, and livestream all of Jones' programming 24 hours a day, served as a window into the incendiary conspiratorial content that led to the outlet's ban from Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, and Twitter. While Apple removed Jones and Infowars from its podcast platform in early August, the company took no action against the Infowars app, nor did it explain why it was allowed to remain. It’s worth noting, however, that the Infowars app does not store content, which presumably made violations of Apple's guidelines more difficult to police.

    The App Store has been a valuable platform for Infowars. The site relaunched its app on July 9, and, according to the analytics company Apptopia, it was downloaded about 93,000 times in its first month. Though it cautioned that the app is still too new to the App Store for it to provide definitive daily average user analytics, Apptopia told BuzzFeed News that Infowars has logged more than 600,000 hours spent in-app as of August. After Jones' ban from Facebook, YouTube, and Apple's podcast platform, the app surged to the third spot in Apple's App Store.

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  2. Disambiguation Global Moderator

    Jesus. It was about time.
  3. The Wrong Guy Member

    PayPal is cutting off Alex Jones and says it will no longer do business with InfoWars because it promotes 'hate and discriminatory intolerance'


    Paypal's decision comes in the wake of other platforms removing or banning Jones from their services, including Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Apple, and Spotify. But the decision by PayPal could hit InfoWars where it hurts: The company processes all payments for the website, which generates revenue through the sale of nutritional supplements, according to the New York Times.

    PayPal admitted the decision will be "controversial." Jones' removal from other web services has resulted in charges by some right-leaning figures of free speech suppression and bias among tech companies. Regardless, PayPal said it's "working constantly to ensure that PayPal is not used by anyone as a platform for perpetuating hate and discriminatory intolerance."

    Jones, who has won a following among far-right activists, is being sued for defamation by parents of the children killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting in 2012. Jones for years promoted claims that cast doubt on the shooting and claimed that the victims 0f the tragedy were actors.

    When reached for comment, PayPal directed Business Insider to its public statement on InfoWars.

    A story on the InfoWars site on Friday about the PayPal ban called it "nothing less than a political ploy designed to financially sabotage an influential media outlet just weeks before the mid-term elections."

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  4. The Wrong Guy Member

    The Families Of Sandy Hook Victims Have Scored A Legal Victory Against Alex Jones And InfoWars

    Families of the Sandy Hook victims are suing Jones, saying he promoted lies about the school shooting to profit from their pain.

    By Claudia Koerner, BuzzFeed News, January 11, 2019


    Alex Jones will have to turn over his tax returns, business plans, and marketing data in a lawsuit with families of Sandy Hook victims, who say he pushed conspiracy theories about the school shooting to get rich.

    Six families of children and teachers killed in the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School sued Jones and associates of his site InfoWars last year, accusing him of defamation, invasion of privacy, and infliction of emotional distress. The families argue that Jones never believed the mass shooting was a hoax, but he promoted conspiracies online and on his radio show in order to make a profit.

    InfoWars and Jones' conspiracies are motivated by a desire to convince people to buy supplements, survival gear, and male-enhancement products, not inform or even entertain people, their lawsuit's complaint said.

    "Rather, [Jones and his associates] deliberately stoke social anxiety and political discord in their listeners, because distrust in government and cultural tribalism motivate those listeners to buy their products."

    With a judge's order this week, Jones will have to recount how he made his money as well as provide all documents, emails, and other communication about topics including Sandy Hook, mass shootings, and InfoWars as a whole. Through the lawsuit's discovery process, he'll have to provide his tax returns, business and marketing plans, contracts and business relationships, as well as data and analytics related to the revenue on online platforms.

    The victims' families say that information will prove that Jones didn't believe in his own hoaxes, and intentionally exploited the families and their tragedy to make millions of dollars.

    "The Jones defendants and their co-conspirators' conduct is based on a simple motive: greed. The defendants' business model is based on their fabrication, propagation, and amplification of conspiracy-minded falsehoods like those about Sandy Hook," their complaint said. "It is a very lucrative business model."

    Attorneys' for Jones have dismissed the families' requests for information as a "fishing expedition," but this week, a judge agreed it was relevant to the lawsuit. The victims' families defended their right to Jones' business materials.

    "[His attorneys] know just how damaging it will be to reveal that their revenue stream is from product sales, their business plan is to sell products, and their web marketing data confirms that is what they do every day," a court filing said.

    In the past, Jones' attorneys have defended his work as "performance art" and said he was playing a character. As such, his statements and online stories should be protected by free speech, they've said.

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  6. The Wrong Guy Member

    Roku pulls Alex Jones and InfoWars channel after backlash | Ad Age

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    Roku Adds, Swiftly Removes Alex Jones, InfoWars From Platform | Rolling Stone

    Roku Removes Infowars Channel Following Backlash | Variety
  7. The Wrong Guy Member

    Trapped in a hoax: survivors of conspiracy theories speak out | The Guardian

    What happens to those caught up in the toxic lies of conspiracy theorists? The Guardian spoke to five victims whose lives were wrecked by falsehoods.


    Conspiracy theories used to be seen as bizarre expressions of harmless eccentrics. Not any more. Gone are the days of outlandish theories about Roswell’s UFOs, the “hoax” moon landings or grassy knolls. Instead, today’s iterations have morphed into political weapons. Turbocharged by social media, they spread with astonishing speed, using death threats as currency.

    Together with their first cousins, fake news, they are challenging society’s trust in facts. At its most toxic, this contagion poses a profound threat to democracy by damaging its bedrock: a shared commitment to truth.

    Their growing reach and scale is astonishing. A University of Chicago study estimated in 2014 that half of the American public consistently endorses at least one conspiracy theory. When they repeated the survey last November, the proportion had risen to 61%. The startling finding was echoed by a recent study from the University of Cambridge that found 60% of Britons are wedded to a false narrative.

    The trend began on obscure online forums such as the alt-right playground 4chan. Soon, media entrepreneurs realized there was money to be made – most notoriously Alex Jones, whose site InfoWars feeds its millions of readers a potent diet of lurid lies (9/11 was a government hit job; the feds manipulate the weather.)

    Now the conspiracy theorist-in-chief sits in the White House. Donald Trump cut his political teeth on the “birther” lie that Barack Obama was born in Kenya, and went on to embrace climate change denial, rampant voter fraud, and the discredited belief that childhood vaccines may cause autism.

    Amid this explosive growth, one aspect has been under-appreciated: the human cost. What is the toll paid by those caught up in these falsehoods? And how are they fighting back?

    The Guardian talked to five people who can speak from bitter personal experience.

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  8. The Wrong Guy Member

    Alex Jones says 'form of psychosis' made him believe events like Sandy Hook massacre were staged | CNN


    Broadcaster and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones said it was a "form of psychosis" that caused him to believe certain events -- like the Sandy Hook massacre -- were staged.

    On December 14, 2012, 20 children and six adults were killed by 20-year-old Adam Lanza in Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

    Jones, who founded and hosted a three-hour news-talk radio program which he said was carried on more than 160 stations, had repeatedly suggested in the past that the Sandy Hook shooting was a "giant hoax" carried out by crisis actors on behalf of people who oppose the Second Amendment.

    InfoWars has also suggested the September 11 attacks were an inside job orchestrated by the US government.

    This week, Jones acknowledged the shooting was real during a sworn deposition he made as part of a defamation case brought against him by Sandy Hook victims' families.

    "And I, myself, have almost had like a form of psychosis back in the past where I basically thought everything was staged, even though I've now learned a lot of times things aren't staged," he said. "So I think as a pundit, someone giving an opinion, that, you know, my opinions have been wrong, but they were never wrong consciously to hurt people."

    He said it was the "trauma of the media and the corporations lying so much" that caused him to distrust everything, "kind of like a child whose parents lie to them over and over again."

    "So long before these lawsuits I said that in the past I thought everything was a conspiracy and I would kind of get into that mass group think of the communities that were out saying that," he said. "And so now I see that it's more in the middle... so that's where I stand."

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    Alex Jones / Sandy Hook Video Deposition, Part I | Kaster Lynch Farrar & Ball LLP

    Alex Jones / Sandy Hook Video Deposition, Part II | Kaster Lynch Farrar & Ball LLP

    "Videotaped deposition of Alex Jones in Lewis v. Jones, taken by attorney Mark Bankston of Kaster Lynch Farrar & Ball, LLP. For more information, visit: "
  9. Disambiguation Global Moderator

    He looks really scared.
  10. Disambiguation Global Moderator

    “Why Courtrooms Are Kryptonite for Alex Jones
    Shock jocks lose their power when forced to tell the truth, the whole truth.”
    It looks like this pond scum is going down but nothing will make up for the pain he caused.
  11. The Wrong Guy Member

    Facebook bans Louis Farrakhan, Milo Yiannopoulos, InfoWars and others from its platforms as 'dangerous' | CNN


    Facebook announced Thursday afternoon that it had designated some high-profile people, including Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who's notorious for using anti-Semitic language, and right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, as "dangerous" and said it will be purging them from its platforms.

    Jones and his media outlet InfoWars had previously been banned from Facebook (FB) in in August 2018, but had maintained a presence on Instagram, which is owned by Facebook. On Thursday, Jones and InfoWars will be barred from Instagram as well.

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    Alex Jones Offers $1M Reward After Alleged ‘Malware’ Attack That He Says Planted Child Porn on His Servers

    The conspiracy theorist appeared to suggest someone tied to the Sandy Hook families framed him. “I am so sick of their filth and living off the dead kids of Sandy Hook,” he said.


    Infowars founder Alex Jones and his lawyer, Norm Pattis, say the conspiracy theory aficionado was the target of a malware attack that left child pornography embedded on his servers, a move which they say sparked an FBI investigation.

    With Pattis by his side on his show Friday, Jones exploded into a five-minute rant before announcing he would fork over $1 million to whoever finds the culprit.

    “You’re trying to set me up with child porn, I’m going to get your ass. One million dollars, one million dollars you little gang member. One million dollars to put your head on a pike. One million dollars, bitch,” Jones shouted, adding, “You’re not going to ever defeat Texas, you sacks of shit.”

    After initially offering $100,000 before bumping up that sum, Jones said, “I don’t have a lot of money, but I’ll sell my house.”

    Pattis said the FBI has been conducting an investigation into the matter for several weeks after a company tasked with screening Infowars’ emails found 12 threatening messages that contained images of child porn.

    “These were emails that if you, me or one of your workers had opened we would have been subjected to five years in federal prison,” Pattis said, adding that no one at Infowars had opened any of the infected files.

    Jones is currently being sued by the families of Sandy Hook victims who say he has profited off of spreading claims the massacre was a hoax. He appeared to suggest repeatedly throughout Friday’s episode that he was framed by someone tied to those suing him. He repeatedly singled out Christopher Mattei, a former Assistant U.S. Attorney who currently represents the Sandy Hook families, and railed against Democrats who he appeared to believe were working against him.

    “I’m not into kids like your Democratic party, you cocksuckers,” he said. “I don’t like having sex with children, I would never have sex with children.”

    “I am so sick of their filth and living off the dead kids of Sandy Hook.”

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    Alex Jones Faces Court Action After Threatening Sandy Hook Lawyer

    The InfoWars conspiracy theorist raged at a lawyer for Sandy Hook families, calling him a “pimp.”


    A Connecticut judge could impose penalties on InfoWars conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on Tuesday, after Jones aired a show where he punched a picture of an attorney representing Sandy Hook families and called the lawyer a “pimp.”

    In a motion filed Monday in Connecticut, attorneys for the Sandy Hook families asked the court to review Friday’s episode of InfoWars. In that show, Jones raged at attorney Chris Mattei, who’s representing Sandy Hook families suing Jones for saying the 2012 elementary school massacre never happened.

    While sitting next to his own attorney, Norm Pattis, Jones accused Mattei without evidence of planting child porn on InfoWars’s servers.

    “Total war!” Jones said. “You want it, you got it! I’m not into kids like your Democratic Party, you cocksuckers! So get ready!”

    While producing emails during the lawsuit’s discovery process, InfoWars accidentally handed over child pornography that had been emailed to the company by one or more anonymous people. The emails were then sent to a company handling document review for the Sandy Hook attorneys, the latest error in a discovery process that InfoWars and Jones have been frequently accused of hindering.

    After receiving the images, the Sandy Hook attorneys contacted the FBI, who took over the document review process. In their motion, the attorneys say InfoWars could have avoided forwarding the emails if they had contacted “even minimal due diligence.”

    “They transmitted images to the plaintiffs that if they were knowingly possessed is a serious federal crime,” the attorneys say in the motion.

    In a statement, Pattis said InfoWars employees hadn’t opened the emails when they were originally received.

    “I spoke to federal prosecutors last week,” Pattis said. “They report that there is no indication anyone at InfoWars knowingly possessed child pornography. The items were embedded in emails sent to folks at InfoWars without ever having been opened.”

    On his Friday show, Jones concocted a conspiracy theory that Mattei had planted the child porn himself in an attempt to discredit InfoWars. Jones fumed at Mattei, calling him a “white-shoe boy that thinks he owns America.”

    Pattis appeared uncomfortable as Jones raged at the plaintiff’s attorney, at one point urging Jones to calm down and referring to Jones as “young man.”

    At one point during the show, Jones punched a picture of Mattei. Pattis told Jones to stop showing Mattei’s face on air, adding that they didn’t know who had sent InfoWars the child pornography.

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  13. DeathHamster Member

    Everyone knows that Alex Jones is into gay frog porn.
  14. The Wrong Guy Member

    Alex Jones hit with sanctions by judge in Sandy Hook lawsuit as case gets a proposed trial date | CNN


    A Connecticut judge on Tuesday sanctioned right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for suggesting that a lawyer for the Sandy Hook families, who are suing the InfoWars founder for his past claims that the 2012 shooting was staged, tried to frame him with child pornography.

    The ruling, handed down from Bridgeport Superior Court Judge Barbara Bellis, came after attorneys representing several Sandy Hook families in their lawsuit against Jones filed a motion on Monday asking the judge to review footage of Jones lambasting one of the attorneys in a Friday segment.

    Bellis called Jones' behavior on the broadcast "indefensible," "unconscionable," and "possibly criminal behavior."

    Bellis sanctioned Jones by denying the defense the opportunity to pursue special motions to dismiss moving forward in the lawsuit. The court will also award attorneys fees and filing fees to the Sandy Hook families' lawyers related to the issue that Jones went off about in his broadcast: child pornography that Jones' team inadvertently turned over to the plaintiffs.

    Jones is being sued by families of Sandy Hook victims in both Texas and Connecticut courts over his past claims that the 2012 shooting was staged. He has since acknowledged that the shooting was real. At the hearing, a proposed trial date of November 2020 was settled on by both sides and agreed to by the judge.

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