August 07, 2018

Three months before U.S. midterms, Infowars purged from the internet. Who will be next?

Ezra LevantRebel Commander


The massive independent news and opinion website Infowars was banned from most of the Internet yesterday. All at once. Facebook banned him. YouTube — even though he had millions of subscribers. Apple deleted every one of his podcasts, ever. Years of them.

They didn’t tell him why.

Perhaps you’ve never heard of Alex Jones. Perhaps you hate him or ridicule him. And that’s fine. But since when is that cause for someone to be un-personed?

Here’s what I do know: Alex Jones is based in Texas. And like everything in Texas, he’s larger than life: Loud, funny, outrageous. He indulges in speculation and even in conspiracy theories.

Sometimes it’s very perceptive. Sometimes he uses hyperbole, engages in logical leaps, to show where we’re headed on some trends. He’s a dissident. That’s what dissidents do — they raise the alarm. They’re not always right. They can’t be. But we need people like them — on the right and the left.

(But only dissidents on the right are banned. A left-wing counterpart to Infowars, called the Young Turks, is full of conspiracy theory-touting kooks on the left.)

What’s worse is that this ban was egged on by the Media Party, who want to silence him — for business competitive reasons, for sure. But also for ideological uniformity reasons.

TONIGHT I'll show you some of the mainstream media's reaction — and why journalists condemning Alex Jones for spreading "fake news" are guilty of doing exactly the same thing.

Alex Jones is the first to go.

But do you think he’ll be the last?

I myself, for the first time ever, was locked out of Twitter over the weekend — for a comment I wrote literally four years ago. It was obviously dug up by some leftist activist group to shut me down.

That’s probably what happened here: A directed, organized campaign likely spent months going through every thing Jones every wrote, said or did, and probably put together a detailed dossier, and shopped it privately to these internet companies, all at the same time.

These companies in Silicon Valley are all Democrats. They know that Trump won in 2016 on the Internet. And they want to derail him for the 2018 mid-terms and the 2020 presidential election.

Alex Jones was one of the biggest things on the Internet — until yesterday. Today, he’s just a rumour. He’s being un-personed. Maybe that will happen to me one day.

Maybe it will happen to you...

NEXT: The world's leading reporter on this beat is Senior Technology Correspondent at Breitbart, Allum Bokhari, who joins me to talk about the Infowars purge and what, if anything, can be done to fight this censorship.

THEN: Toronto Mayor John Tory is using the Danforth mass shooting to propose a gun grab. Andrew Lawton, a Fellow with the True North Initiative, comes on to talk about the persistent myths about gun control measures, especially as they apply to this particular case.

FINALLY: Your messages to me!

 

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commented 2018-08-09 15:50:39 -0400
“Youtube and FB only remove content based on who says it or which way it leans politically, they must state that in their agreement. FB has failed to ban threats to cut my and other peoples throats in the past when i was using it, so their crap about threats and violence is complete BS. "

It says right in the community standards that hateful or harmful content can be removed. No, it’s not just political – I’m aware of backyard-tinkerer types that run into repeated trouble because of their content, even when it’s not anything that could ever be used for something nefarious. It’s self-policed by the community and/or some not-particularly-good AI, and, let’s be honest, if your comments weren’t flagged, it’s probably because you were blocked by your target audience so they never even saw it. It means you’re not even worth reporting,

“Alberta Maga commented 14 hours ago
Andrew you stand up for the government forcing people to call someone by their imagined pronoun so spare me your sanctimony on this issue. If government can compel speech then they could do it to youtube or FB as well then right? If you disagree then explain why not. "

You’ve spent your entire life calling people by their preferred pronouns. You respect that burly construction worker’s gender identity and use his preferred pronoun. Calling him by the wrong pronoun would not be done for any reason but malicious intent. Why would you make specific exceptions for other people, if not for malicious intent itself? That malicious intent is what the rules protect, and it’s the same reason you can’t yell out racist slurs without consequence.

No, government cannot force platforms to display hateful, pernicious, or malevolent content. The govenrment wants everyone respected. Mr. Jones is free to post respectful content, if he ever chooses to try.
commented 2018-08-09 01:58:14 -0400
Andrew you stand up for the government forcing people to call someone by their imagined pronoun so spare me your sanctimony on this issue. If government can compel speech then they could do it to youtube or FB as well then right? If you disagree then explain why not.
commented 2018-08-09 01:54:37 -0400
Andrew Stephenson my former Rebel commenting account was removed. So your point about the Rebel is wrong. Youtube and FB only remove content based on who says it or which way it leans politically, they must state that in their agreement. FB has failed to ban threats to cut my and other peoples throats in the past when i was using it, so their crap about threats and violence is complete BS.
commented 2018-08-09 01:50:56 -0400
Andrew Stephenson i never said it makes removing unsavory content illegal, get out of your bubble.
commented 2018-08-09 01:49:55 -0400
Andrew Stephenson WRONG AGAIN! That same agreement applies to everyone on the platform it has to be executed on ALL who break it. And there are many differences in legal protection for a publisher and a platform, these actions put more emphasis on the stuff they do allow.
commented 2018-08-09 01:28:09 -0400
I think president Trump will stand up for free speech, but what’s happening now will make people seek alternative sites.

Steemit.com is a social media site that pays you in crypto.

Mike Adams (the health ranger) started real.video as a YouTube alternative.

I’ve also heard about Minds and Gab. Apparently, they’re social media sites.

Alex Jones hasn’t disappeared 100%. You can find him on InfoWars.com, NewsWars.com, PrisonPlanet.tv.

Plus, you can still download the InfoWars app from Google and Apple. You can probably find a link on the InfoWars website for that.
commented 2018-08-08 22:49:45 -0400
“Alberta Maga commented 20 hours ago
Andrew Stephenson they have a user agreement that is legally binding both ways , if the company violates it they are breaking the law. Do you not pay attention to things? "

Which specific part of the agreement did they violate? No, having an agreement does not, on its own, make removing unsavoury content illegal.

“Alberta Maga commented 20 hours ago
Andrew another legal argument is that these services cannot enjoy the legal protection of being a Platform after this , some legal opinions says this makes them a publisher.”

You can make all the legal arguments you want, it doesn’t mean the judge will buy it. On a related note, do you feel that the constant blocking of the other major left wing poster here, to the degree that his accounts are something of a revolving door, represent a similar form of censorship and thus be subject to the same “legal argument” you’re alluding to? Why or why not?

Ron Shea:
“I would rather bring Alex Jones back, and instead shut down the anti-Western humourless gibberish, vacuous drivel, verbal diarrhea and outright lies of the poisonous left and their holier-than-thou subjective morality”

Would that not be the very censorship that Levant is arguing against? Or is it different when it’s something you personally disagree with?
commented 2018-08-08 16:24:06 -0400
Fascism on the rise. No other way of putting it!
commented 2018-08-08 14:51:00 -0400
“All of you conservative pundits should pick a more hospitable platform and use it. We’ll follow. We will follow.”
Mike I agree, at least as a back up or why not make it a duplicate.

Yup, the canary didn’t fly back out of that tunnel did it. Pretty conclusive I would say. Nothing ambiguous about it.
commented 2018-08-08 14:37:52 -0400
Tammie Putinski-Zandbelt commented 1 hour ago
IMO, Alex Jones is a gatekeeper: controlled “opposition”.
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IDK about gatekeeper but Alex is certainly a dead coal mine canary….
commented 2018-08-08 14:35:47 -0400
If you get offed by YouTube or any platform Ezra but continue to publish anywhere, I’ll find you. I as well as thousands and thousands of others I would suspect. All of you conservative pundits should pick a more hospitable platform and use it. We’ll follow. We will follow.
commented 2018-08-08 13:33:09 -0400
IMO, Alex Jones is a gatekeeper: controlled “opposition”.
commented 2018-08-08 13:01:05 -0400
I’ve been listening to Alex Jones for years. He’s not racist, is very intelligent, a showman for sure, and speaks the truth whether people know it now or know it later. I read that the Infowars censorship ban was a move by big tech to avoid European fines for breaking hate speech laws we don’t even have here (yet). So if true, even in part, the EU is pushing its weight around worldwide and that should scare us all.
commented 2018-08-08 13:00:35 -0400
And more recent history:

https://www.cp24.com/mcguinty-won-t-say-why-cabinet-passed-law-in-secret-to-give-police-more-powers-1.527305 May 19, 2012

TORONTO – Ontario’s premier will not explain why his cabinet passed a secret law giving police more power to arrest people during the G20 summit in Toronto.

Opposition critics and civil libertarians are outraged the Liberal cabinet not only gave police extra powers to question, search and detain people, but that they also kept it secret.

Dalton McGuinty’s office says the premier will not be available to respond to questions about the need to pass a law that critics say suspended civil liberties in downtown Toronto without telling anyone.

https://www.therecord.com/news-story/2580372-mcguinty-won-t-apologize-for-g20-secret-law-and-rejects-public-inquiry/

More than 1,100 people were arrested and detained during the G20 weekend in what Ontario Ombud Andre Marin called a mass violation of civil rights.

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association, the New Democrats and the Progressive Conservatives have all called on McGuinty to apologize for the secret law his government passed regarding police powers during the G20 weekend.

“Mr. Harper has nothing to do with Mr. McGuinty’s secret G20 regulation that resulted in illegal arrests of over 1,000 people,” said NDP justice critic Peter Kormos. “Mr. McGuinty should be held to account. People rely on their government to protect their civil rights, not to violate them.”
commented 2018-08-08 12:42:41 -0400
You raised a very interesting point Paul. “These terrorist attacks are always followed up with an attempt to strip law abiding citizens of their rights.”

Look to history to see the future:
Germany:
The Reichstag fire was a pivotal moment in history. Hitler used this “terrorist act” to gain total power. Proclaiming that the whole Reich was in danger because of this incident, Hitler persuaded President Hindenburg to pass an emergency decree to suspend all civil liberties and approve the Enabling Act.

Canada:
The October crisis: Pierre Trudeau and the suppression of civil liberties:
… While the Act was in effect, 465 people were arrested and hundreds jailed without charge. Only two were actually convicted of FLQ ties and none provided information leading to the kidnappers. Many had nothing to do with the FLQ. A 2010 Radio Canada investigation revealed Quebec police had “at most 60 names” of FLQ sympathizers, so the RCMP (under political pressure to bolster numbers to justify such extreme measures) added hundreds to the list, likely from their PROFUNC arrest list of over 60,000 suspected communists and sympathizers . As then NDP leader Tommy Douglas remarked, they were “using a sledgehammer to crack a peanut.” But perhaps such state action against civilians is not intended to simply uphold “rule of law” or “public safety,” but for control. …
commented 2018-08-08 12:00:31 -0400
- The Infowars app is heading for #1. They’re still up on Minds.com & BitChute.com. Their own website is still up. This banning smacks of desperation. They choked off traffic to Trump yet Trump’s popularity keeps rising. Getting rid of Infowars won’t drive people to fake news sites like CNN. The Young Turks has been bleeding viewers for years.

- Sites like Minds.com, Gab.ai & BitChute.com are seeing steady growth because of this. They are tiny compared to the big 3 social media sites but those sites were tiny at one time themselves. I have the Gab app on my phone – loaded it from their site. This was done to get the right to self censor as much censor them directly.

- Toronto could have a worse mayor than John Tory but not by much. He is a weak & pathetic leader who will now mindlessly tow the Liberal party line. These terrorist attacks are always followed up with an attempt to strip law abiding citizens of their rights.
commented 2018-08-08 11:31:06 -0400
How many of those who attack Alex Jones for things he has ‘supposedly’ said, have ever heard from his mouth unedited, what he actually said and MEANT? A Megan Kelly hit piece doesn’t count.
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Alex is an easy mark because of his ‘approach’ , but they have been setting him up for years with lies and spun pieces. Phrases he has supposedly spoken, which out of context sound absolutely outrageous. He has to take some responsibility and doesn’t seem to be able to modify his bombastic ‘enthusiasm’, but don’t believe everything the msm say he has said. Now people can’t even check for proper context themselves, at least not easily. Its exactly what they do to Trump, who is also a ‘character’ and uses a mode of speech which the left just loves to take out of context to beat him with.
commented 2018-08-08 10:00:27 -0400
Have the late night “comedy” hosts said anything about Alex Jones? No. Stephen Colbert? Nope. Has Bill Maher said anything? No. Maher wanted Alex Jones silenced well over a year ago. Ironically, Maher claims he was silenced by the Bush administration over his views on 9/11/01. How dare they try and silence the church of Maher!
Back in 2003-2004 when the Gay Marriage debate was going on here, CBC deliberately edited and deleted Christian and Conservative comments on its web page in order to make the case to the public that the only people who were against gay marriage were religious nutcases, backwards people and bigots. Christians got in the way of their post-modern, social engineering agenda. That was 15 years ago. Now CBC is even worse, refusing to even allow comments on its stories on a publicly funded site and it deserves to be shut down as it is a propaganda mechanism of the Liberal party of Canada, paid for reluctantly by Canadian taxpayers.
I would rather bring Alex Jones back, and instead shut down the anti-Western humourless gibberish, vacuous drivel, verbal diarrhea and outright lies of the poisonous left and their holier-than-thou subjective morality, broadcast like the loudspeaker on a mosque,which has done nothing but stir up contempt, animosity and hate in the public domain.
Atheistic communistic socialism had its run during the last century and was left wanting as the dead were piled as high as mountains. We never need go that way again, something the modern leftists in the world, especially the post-modernists at our universities, many of whom either own or work at the tech giants, still have not learned.
commented 2018-08-08 08:48:07 -0400
Deborah Graupner said, “The devil’s handiwork could not be more apparent.”

For those that choose to see it.

Satan’s greatest accomplishment is convincing people he does not exist. Imagine what you could do if people did not acknowledge you exist. You could get away with anything.
commented 2018-08-08 07:41:27 -0400
Those that cheer on the attack on free and open speech can count themselves as the equals of the fascist fools that gathered to burn books at the Opernplatz in 1933. Goebbels gave a rousing speech as Hitler purged Germany of “intellectual garbage” .
The parallels are absolutely horrifying and the fact that merely flicking a software switch can attain the same effect as burning books.
These companies have become too powerful and they are not immune from anti trust and the backlash of the consumer.
commented 2018-08-08 07:32:44 -0400
Something which you did which InfoWars has not. You had the foresight to start Rebel.media independently of YouTube etc. Is it not possible for InfoWars to do the same? I saw later in your item that the mobile phone companies can ban web sites from their app stores. Presumably they can’t do the same to normal P.C. and laptop users?
commented 2018-08-08 07:31:52 -0400
As time goes by the Left reveal more and more that they are the true authors and descendants of Nazism contrary to how they have tried to rewrite the historical narrative stating that it was born of the political right.

Edith Hahn Beer was a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust living in the heart of the Third Reich as a u-boat. Her journal was discovered after a box of items were purchased at auction and was subsequently published. “The Nazi Officer’s Wife” is very informative as she speaks of the propaganda, what life was like before Hitler came to power during then after, and her story holds warnings to the future generations. There is a short documentary online, see link below:

“ONE OF THE first things the Nazis did was to distribute 100,000 free radio sets to the Austrian Christians. Where did they get these radios? From us, of course. Right after the Anschluss, the Jews were required to turn in their typewriters and their radios, the idea being that if we could not communicate with each other or the outside world, we would be isolated and more easily terrorized and manipulated. It was a good idea. It worked well.”
― Edith Hahn Beer, The Nazi Officer’s Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0mOA1KAZME
commented 2018-08-08 07:11:44 -0400
Liberals ruin everything.
commented 2018-08-08 03:42:21 -0400
Now would be a good time for a conservative friendly social media company to start up.