Facebook removes 22 pages linked to Alex Jones, InfoWars

Facebook removes 22 pages linked to Alex Jones, InfoWars
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Facebook administrators on Tuesday reportedly removed more than 20 pages related to InfoWars and its host, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

CNN Business reported that the pages were part of a group of 89 pages taken down as part of Facebook's efforts to crack down on users who previously violated the site's rules and created new pages to avoid regulators.

"We've long prohibited people from creating new Pages, groups, events, or accounts that look similar to those we've previously removed for violating our Community Standards," Facebook officials wrote in a blog post last month. 

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"However, we've seen people working to get around our enforcement by using existing Pages that they already manage for the same purpose as the Page we removed for violating our standards," the post continued.

A spokesman for Facebook confirmed to CNN on Tuesday that 22 pages related to Jones and his InfoWars site, which has spread conspiracy theories about the Sandy Hook shooting and top members of the Democratic Party, was taken down as a result of the new enforcement measures.

"When we enforce our recidivism policy against Pages, the admins can still maintain their profiles on Facebook but are no longer able to create and use a Page akin to one we've removed," the spokesperson told CNN.

Jones's personal profile remains on Facebook for that reason, the spokesperson reportedly told CNN. One of the largest of the pages taken down Tuesday had around 30,000 followers, according to CNN.

Jones was permanently banned from Twitter last year after videos he posted violated the site's policies on abusive behavior. Other platforms including iTunes have taken steps to remove his content from digital stores in the past year.

“Today, we permanently suspended @realalexjones and @infowars from Twitter and Periscope,” Twitter’s safety team said at the time.

“We took this action based on new reports of Tweets and videos posted yesterday that violate our abusive behavior policy, in addition to the accounts’ past violations," Twitter added.