New York Times: Ties Between Alex Jones and Radio Network Show Economics of Misinformation

New York Times: Ties Between Alex Jones and Radio Network Show Economics of Misinformation. “Ted Anderson, a precious metals seller, was hoping to rustle up some business for his gold and silver dealership when he started a radio network out of a Minneapolis suburb a couple of decades ago. Soon after, he signed a brash young radio host named Alex Jones. Together, they ended up shaping today’s misinformation economy.”

New York Times: ‘Crisis Actors’? Where Have I Heard That Before?

New York Times: ‘Crisis Actors’? Where Have I Heard That Before?. “Russia has long used incidents of American gun violence to support its propagandistic claims of cultural superiority. Now, during this war, the Kremlin is adopting the language of American mass shooting deniers to deny towering evidence of its army’s atrocities in Ukraine, including calling injured and killed Ukrainians crisis actors.”

Daily Beast: Alex Jones Threatens to ‘Dish Dirt’ on Trump for Pushing Vaccine

Daily Beast: Alex Jones Threatens to ‘Dish Dirt’ on Trump for Pushing Vaccine. “Right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is threatening to ‘dish all the dirt’ on Donald Trump to get back at the ex-president over his endorsement of the COVID-19 vaccine. ‘Yeah, we all wish Trump would do the right thing,’ Jones said on his Wednesday afternoon InfoWars program, before urging his listeners to ‘move on’ from Trump due to his glowing endorsement of the vaccine.”

Vice: Alex Jones Incited the Capitol Riot on Facebook Even Though He Was Banned 2 Years Ago

Vice: Alex Jones Incited the Capitol Riot on Facebook Even Though He Was Banned 2 Years Ago. “Research from digital rights group Avaaz published Thursday morning and shared exclusively with VICE News shows that in the 30 days leading up to the riots, content from Jones’ websites, promoting voter fraud claims telling fans to ‘prepare for war,’ amassed over 1.1 million interactions across Facebook.”

“Mark Changed The Rules”: How Facebook Went Easy On Alex Jones And Other Right-Wing Figures (BuzzFeed News)

BuzzFeed News: “Mark Changed The Rules”: How Facebook Went Easy On Alex Jones And Other Right-Wing Figures. “Internal documents obtained by BuzzFeed News and interviews with 14 current and former employees show how the company’s policy team — guided by Joel Kaplan, the vice president of global public policy, and Zuckerberg’s whims — has exerted outsize influence while obstructing content moderation decisions, stymieing product rollouts, and intervening on behalf of popular conservative figures who have violated Facebook’s rules.”

Gizmodo: Google Boots InfoWars App Off Play Store Over Bogus Coronavirus Claims

Gizmodo: Google Boots InfoWars App Off Play Store Over Bogus Coronavirus Claims. “Google has finally kicked the Infowars app from its Play Store, the company confirmed to multiple outlets Friday. The tech giant’s app store was one of the last major bastions for conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, as his show (and all the extremist views and tainted supplements it touts) has been booted from nearly every mainstream online platform.”

CNN: Facebook bans Louis Farrakhan, Milo Yiannopoulos, InfoWars and others from its platforms as ‘dangerous’

CNN: Facebook bans Louis Farrakhan, Milo Yiannopoulos, InfoWars and others from its platforms as ‘dangerous’. “Facebook announced Thursday afternoon that it had designated some high-profile people, including Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who’s notorious for using anti-Semitic language, and right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, as ‘dangerous’ and said it will be purging them from its platforms.” I am so cyncial about Facebook at this point that I thought, “Oh, I guess Facebook did something that’s about to be revealed and this is some kind of proactive ‘we’re taking active measures’ release.” I don’t know that there IS anything to be revealed, just that I don’t think the company as an entity is operating from any positive motives. PS: Guess what I just saw on the news: https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/02/tech/new-zealand-video-instagram-facebook/index.html

CNN: Facebook removes 22 more pages connected to conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and InfoWars

CNN: Facebook removes 22 more pages connected to conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and InfoWars. “Facebook on Tuesday removed 22 pages connected to conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his fringe right-wing website InfoWars. The move came as part of a broader effort by Facebook to enforce its recently updated recidivism policy. 89 pages in total were unpublished on Tuesday afternoon as part of the crackdown, a Facebook spokesperson told CNN Business.”

The Next Web: Facebook and YouTube aren’t even trying to enforce the Alex Jones ban

The Next Web: Facebook and YouTube aren’t even trying to enforce the Alex Jones ban. “After Alex Jones was effectively banned from the internet — or at least his major distribution channels — last August, it appeared that we’d be rid of his half-baked conspiracy theories once and for all. Or, that’s what we thought, anyway…. It didn’t take long for Jones to feel the heat from the rest of the internet’s major players, including Apple, Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, and a handful of others. Each banned Jones, and InfoWars, permanently, from their respective platforms citing reasons ranging from simple terms of service violations, to actively inciting violence or promoting hate speech. But regardless of their actions against him, Jones is proving resilient, like a digital cockroach.”

New York Times: Fringe Figures Find Refuge in Facebook’s Private Groups

New York Times: Fringe Figures Find Refuge in Facebook’s Private Groups. [Alex] Jones built his Facebook audience on pages — the big public megaphones he used to blast links, memes and videos to millions of his followers. In recent months, though, he and other large-scale purveyors of inflammatory speech have found refuge in private groups, where they can speak more openly with less fear of being punished for incendiary posts.”