Neo-Nazis hope to leverage Alex Jones controversies one year after Charlottesville violence

White nationalist activists are seeking to leverage a series of social media setbacks experienced by far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones by encouraging even more technology companies to ban Jones’ Infowars website in the hopes of radicalizing his dedicated fanbase.

In a post on his Daily Stormer website, neo-Nazi blogger Andrew Anglin wrote that Jones’ banning from Facebook, YouTube, and elsewhere could encourage Republican elected officials to create laws which would prevent private technology firms from cancelling the accounts of users, including racist groups.

Last August, Anglin’s publication was banned by many internet domain providers after a rally organized by white nationalists and other hate groups in Charlottesville, Va., descended into violence that eventually ended in the death of three people.

“If laws protecting free speech are enacted, we are all going to get amnesty on Twitter and Facebook, they will have to give me back my f—ing dotcom, everything good will happen,” Anglin wrote. “So we can all ride on the back of Alex Jones’ large, fat back.”

Several prominent conservatives have spoken out against web companies banning Jones — who has claimed the government caused the 9/11 attacks and promoted conspiracy numerous conspiracy theories about aliens, frogs, and artificial intelligence — including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Donald Trump Jr., and Fox News hosts Lou Dobbs and Tucker Carlson.

In an earlier post on the Daily Stormer, a blogger identified as “Luis Castillo” urged readers to report Jones’ accounts on other web services like Twitter and in the hopes of isolating the prominent Trump supporter even further.

“He’s one Twitter purge, domain seizure, and credit card service denial away from growing-up into a real man,” the blogger wrote, accompanying his article with an altered photo of Jones appearing to give a Nazi salute.

On his Infowars site and radio program, Jones has repeatedly attacked neo-Nazis and white nationalists even as he has attracted many fans who self-identify with the so-called “alt-right.” Anglin has written that his journey into far-right politics began with watching Jones’ programming.

In a Thursday interview with Hill.TV, Jared Holt, a researcher with the progressive group People for the American Way, said that many of Jones’ followers had sent him death threats and pictures of a Nazi concentration camp after his writing led to Jones being banned on Spotify, the first web service which cancelled the conspiracy pundit’s account.

Sunday marks the one-year anniversary of the Charlottesville rally. Jason Kessler, the white nationalist who organized the original gathering, is hoping to reconvene in Washington on the same date, even as he is now regarded as a “pariah” on the far right after last year’s debacle, according to an SPLC report.

—Matthew Sheffield

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