Alex Jones, host of conspiracy theory site InfoWars and The Alex Jones Show, live-streamed his Monday show on his Facebook fan page. The episode centered around Jones accusing Robert Mueller of facilitating pedophilia.
He claimed that Mueller covered up for Jeffrey Epstein, a financier and friend of Donald Trump, who is a registered sex offender. According to the Washington Post, Epstein was facing up to a life sentence but only had to serve 13 months in jail for the solicitation of underage girls.
Jones concluded his rant about Mueller by saying:
I look at that guy, and he’s a sack of crap. That’s a demon I will take down, or I’ll die trying. So that’s it. It’s going to happen, we’re going to walk out in the square, politically, at high noon, and he’s going to find out whether he makes a move man, make the move first, and then it’s going to happen.
He then pointed an imaginary gun and pretended to shoot repeatedly.
You can watch it below:
After the video circulated on Facebook, many people complained about its violent nature and reported it to Facebook.
Facebook, however, reportedly determined that Jones’s rant did not violate their Community Standards:
In determining whether a threat is credible, we may also consider additional information like a targeted person’s public visibility and vulnerability. We remove content, disable accounts, and work with law enforcement when we believe there is a genuine risk of physical harm or direct threats to public safety.
Needless to say, people were outraged:
ALEX JONES: Mueller is a pedophile and I will kill him.
FACEBOOK: We respect all viewpoints, even if we do not agree with them.
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ME: Donald Trump is a douchebag for locking children in cages.
FACEBOOK: Hello! It looks like you’ve violated our community guidelines!
— Jules Suzdaltsev (@jules_su) July 24, 2018
Unless we report what Jones says, people who choose not to listen to his show remain ignorant of how extreme he really is. Without knowing what he’s saying, it’s easy to dismiss Jones as just another conspiracy theorist, a sort of cable news host+++. But he’s far more dangerous.
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) July 24, 2018
A reminder as to why I deleted facebook…
— Graham (@grahamu64) July 24, 2018
Facebook and Alex Jones can go to the basement of a pizzeria without a basement and go fuck themselves.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) July 24, 2018
I don't find the arguments for Facebook to ban Alex Jones off its platform very compelling. He's a moron but persecution turns morons into messiahs of their 'club' sometimes.
Generally the more effective method is ignore like the guy on campus handing out exorcism pamphlets.
— Alec Bostwick (@BostWiki) July 24, 2018
Alex Jones accused Robert Mueller of raping children and then mimed shooting him while saying “You're going to get it, or I'm going to die trying, bitch.”
If only he had included an unedited shot of a woman's nipple then it would have violated Facebook's standards.
— Elmo 3000 (@g1Elmo3000) July 24, 2018
Addition: Alex Jones is permitted, via Facebook guidelines, to incite violence. Again.
— (@PersonalGenius) July 24, 2018
If Alex Jones latest rant did not violate Facebook's community standards, the only reasonable conclusion is that Facebook has no standards.
— InflatableVegetable (@InflatableV) July 24, 2018
— Tommy Vietor (@TVietor08) July 23, 2018
I’m no First Amendment lawyer, but after Alex Jones pushed the Pizzagate conspiracy theory which led to a gunman taking action, talking about shooting Robert Mueller after smearing him about pedophilia is a clear “true threat” that Facebook shouldn’t allow.https://t.co/I1LF2juzeF
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) July 24, 2018
Jones has a history of promoting violence. Let’s hope Facebook will step up and force him to stop provoking his viewers.