Yesterday, YouTube announced it was banning Alex Jones' Infowars channel from the social media platform. This comes on the heels of several privately owned media platforms banning his content for violations of their community standards.
In response, Jones tweeted frantically, claiming that he was being censored as part of a conspiracy of "big tech" to shut down conservative voices in advance of the 2018 elections.
In one particularly over the top tweet, Jones suggested we were on the path to tyranny and announced "We are all Alex Jones now."
This inspired many on Twitter to announce that they in fact were not Alex Jones.
FYI just to be clear we are NOT Alex Jones, ok? https://t.co/Krl1taLTh7— Rogue NASA (@Rogue NASA) 1533612994.0
@RealAlexJones Nah bruh.... You're Alex Jones. We're NOT Alex Jones. Thoughts and prayers...— YaBoyNYP (@YaBoyNYP) 1533592789.0
@yaboynyp @RealAlexJones https://t.co/bE44jbcf8I— Sherry B (@Sherry B) 1533594710.0
@RealAlexJones We’re not all Alex Jones. Only you are banned from Youtube, Facebook, and more. We really don’t care, you do?— Eugene Gu, MD (@Eugene Gu, MD) 1533587327.0
@RealAlexJones Get off the cross Alex... someone else needs the wood. #IAmNotAlexJones— No...Seriously WTF!?!? (@No...Seriously WTF!?!?) 1533600886.0
No business is required to give you a platform to spew hate and misinformation. Find an outlet that enjoys your bra… https://t.co/RyAYIF7shH— James Dee Warren (@James Dee Warren) 1533592870.0
Just for the record I am NOT Alex Jones. I bet there are a LOT of us who are not Alex Jones. This man does not spea… https://t.co/LAgo7p3QDx— Kupo🎈 (@Kupo🎈) 1533587573.0
@RealAlexJones It's not censorship, you breached the T&Cs of private companies to spread lies and incite hatred and… https://t.co/CT6vIGCjdt— M L R Esq ⚫🔶️ (@M L R Esq ⚫🔶️) 1533655262.0
@RealAlexJones #IAmNotAlexJones and never will be. Who else is not Alex Jones? We’re not Alex Jones because we are decent human beings!— Cris Palomino (@Cris Palomino) 1533655003.0
Jones' program content contains a mixture conspiracy theories, right wing rhetoric and ads for the supplements and survivalist supplies Jones sells. That content came under fire again recently when the families of several of his targets, the children murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, filed a lawsuit against him.
The suffering of those families inspired a renewed push for online platforms to enforce their community guidelines and this time they responded.
YouTube, iTunes, Facebook and Spotify found Jones' content in violation and removed some or all of his content on their platforms.
And led anyone familiar with his program to applaud the decision to remove his incendiary rhetoric.
@RealAlexJones #IamNotAlexJones This is NOT censorship. You broke the rules with your absurd, dangerous lies. Now y… https://t.co/XrpbejygQc— DavidLikesGuys ⚫ (@DavidLikesGuys ⚫) 1533629722.0
No #IamnotAlexJones. You knowingly spread lies and say things you don't actually believe just to turn a profit, the… https://t.co/Tcp7q0b6qk— Daffodil Goddess, Progressive Patriot 🌊☮️♻️🇺🇸🌎 (@Daffodil Goddess, Progressive Patriot 🌊☮️♻️🇺🇸🌎) 1533653476.0
@RealAlexJones Awoke this morning only to find *gasps* #IAmNotAlexJones. Will report tomorrow on whether this has c… https://t.co/Q7HLKUC6D3— Yeah, I said it (@Yeah, I said it) 1533646711.0
@RealAlexJones We are not all Alex Jones. We did not use major media platforms to spread lies and conspiracies abou… https://t.co/z4A3KlsUZh— mickv (@mickv) 1533638956.0
@RealAlexJones No, we are not. Your lawyers already acknowledge you lie, you give opinions and disregard facts, tha… https://t.co/R32Atonxuh— Tiago Vidigal 🇺🇸⚖️🇵🇹 (@Tiago Vidigal 🇺🇸⚖️🇵🇹) 1533604038.0
There are many of us that do stand for free speech and fight against tyranny in a daily basis, you were never one o… https://t.co/eHq6gMODSd— Tiago Vidigal 🇺🇸⚖️🇵🇹 (@Tiago Vidigal 🇺🇸⚖️🇵🇹) 1533604294.0
Understand this: the 1st amendment protects you from government retaliation for speaking out. It doesn't protect yo… https://t.co/X1P7mt41Dn— Denise Pribil (@Denise Pribil) 1533640510.0
@RealAlexJones Alex Jones doesn’t quite get this whole free speech thing. The 1st Amendment protects citizens again… https://t.co/wUOlAzTh3j— Tom Cordent 🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@Tom Cordent 🇺🇸🇺🇸) 1533630410.0
The false conspiracy theory that the mass shooting that killed 20 children and 6 adults never happened featured on Jones' show many times leading to family members and survivors of the killings being harassed by Jones' followers. In 2018, they brought suit against Jones in response to the years of harassment he caused.
It also led to the hashtag #IAmNotAlexJones after his plea for support.
@JennettPearson @UKIP @PrisonPlanet @RealAlexJones His right to lie about & abuse the parents of Sandy Hook victims… https://t.co/pUE1QV08uz— Tim Fenton (@Tim Fenton) 1533646367.0
@RealAlexJones I do believe XKC said it best: https://t.co/W7WsVdwGmG— 😺Untitled Goose-Steph🐱 🌭🥨🍎🍁🍂🍃🎃 (@😺Untitled Goose-Steph🐱 🌭🥨🍎🍁🍂🍃🎃) 1533638136.0
@RealAlexJones Dude. Your conspiracy theories have infected the minds of many half-wits and caused pain and sufferi… https://t.co/iY0SsPwIXA— jimmy stafford (@jimmy stafford) 1533603325.0
@RealAlexJones I was Alex Jones for a bit this AM, but then was able to move my bowels. Now I am not Alex Jones and feel great!— Jeremy Newberger (@Jeremy Newberger) 1533649219.0
Jones still maintains his own website, but his reach has been hampered by his banning due to community standards violations.