An October 29, 2012 article by Paul Joseph Watson of InfoWars.com reports that Facebook removed one of Alex Jones’ political posts and temporarily denied access to the Facebook page until Jones agreed to acknowledge that Facebook’s terms had been violated.
The image of Osama Bin Laden with the words “Al-CIA-da” spelled out across his chest was clearly not copyrighted and Watson states Jones received the “We removed content you posted” message because it violated Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.
Watson says there was also a secondary screen warning Jones that “other infringing images should be removed if the account was to remain in good standing.”
This isn’t the first time InfoWars.com content has been censored on Facebook, which advertises the fact that content posted on the site falls under public domain.
InfoWars.com reporter Darrin McBreen was warned not to voice his political opinion in September 2011 when Facebook took offense to comments posted on McBreen’s article, “Is living off the Grid now a crime?”
An August 2012 article here at Examiner.com reports that the US Department of Homeland Security has been monitoring Jones’ Facebook page for at least a couple of years. In response to a Freedom of Information Act request initiated by USWGO.com, documents were released that showed the DHS not only monitored Jones’ fan page, they also monitored Jones’ Facebook followers. The report included the following statement:
“Jones’ Facebook page offers 58 “V for Victory” posters that people can print, and as of 24 January, 1,840 people “liked” his “V for Victory” Facebook page. Over 135,000 “like” Jones’ personal Facebook page.
The report then went on to include a photo and user name of one of Jones’ followers who had posted a message on Jones’ fan page, showing his support for the “V for Victory” campaign.
Just days after the release of the FOIA documents indicating InfoWars.com was being closely monitored by Facebook and the DHS, Jones’ You Tube channel was censored and threatened with termination because he published a video criticizing You Tube’s copyright policy.
“The video, which You Tube labeled “spam, scams or commercially deceptive” was an InfoWars report on You Tube’s copyright policy which makes it legal for third parties to claim ownership of your voice and use your voice on their videos.”“In this case, a music group named Biotronic used Jones’ voice in one of their video soundtracks, which implied ownership by You Tube standards. A You Tube bot then identified Jones’ voice on one of his own videos and flagged it for copyright violation.”
Jones’ currently has almost 300,000 subscribers to his You Tube channel and more than 244 million video views, yet even those numbers aren’t enough to save him from Google censorship. The Alex Jones Channel has repeatedly come under attack:
“Videos censored under this pretext include footage of the British Constitution Group’s Lawful Rebellion protest,during which members of the group attempted to civilly arrest Judge Michael Peake at Birkenhead county court.”“You Tube also deleted a video of Alex Jones using satire to criticize global warming alarmist and University of Oregon Professor Kari Norgaard, who argued that man-made climate change skeptics should be”treated” for having a mental disorder.”
“In December 2010, Jones You Tube channel was completely frozen when he posted only a small segment of a graphic Wikileaks massacre video, the contents of which the Pentagon did not want released for public consumption. At the same time, major media outlets like CBS News and Russia today post the video in its entirety and You Tube let them through unchallenged.”
And to round out the picture, Jones’ websites, InfoWars.com and PrisonPlanet.com have been permanently blocked from appearing in the Google News feed. Since November 2010 Jones’ sites have been effectively censored, appearing in the Google News platform only when linked to by smaller websites.
In his article, Watson reminds readers, that Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi are free to push their political agendas all over the Internet, without interference. Even individual users can publish their Photoshopped political campaign propaganda without fear of censorship or harassment.
Step over the line, though, and you might end up like former Marine Brandon Raub who was kidnapped from his home by police, FBI and Secret Service agents and forcibly incarcerated in a psychiatric ward for a seemingly unremarkable Facebook post:
“I mentioned the Bilderberg Group and their violation of politicians in this country meeting with them and specifically the Logan Act,” said Raub, adding that the Secret Service agents were taking notes to research the topics further at a later time.”“After around 15 minutes of conversation, the police surrounded Raub and grabbed him, failing to read him his Miranda rights. When Raub appealed to the police to allow him to put some clothes on, even at gunpoint, the cops refused.”