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Facebook removes InfoWars pages; host wanted drag queens burned alive

Alex Jones media pages get pulled by Facebook.
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Facebook has seemingly had enough of InfoWars host Alex Jones hate speech and has pulled his pages from their platform because of it. YouTube, Apple, and Spotify have already taken a lot of his programming down. 

Jones is an extreme anti-LGBT supporter and conspiracy theorist who often makes video rants of how to rid the world of the gay community including one in July in which he said drag queens should be burned alive:

“We’re going to destroy you. You will ascend to Hell in the reverse order," he said. "They now know fear, because we’re coming like the villagers in the night, with the torches burning bright, with fire."

“Fire is not the weapon of evil, fire is the weapon of good, and it will consume you," he added. “You need to fear god. Your god has stolen your soul.”

Based on rants such as these Facebook said in a statement on Monday: 

“We believe in giving people a voice, but we also want everyone using Facebook to feel safe.

“It’s why we have Community Standards and remove anything that violates them, including hate speech that attacks or dehumanizes others.

“Earlier today, we removed four Pages belonging to Alex Jones for repeatedly posting content over the past several days that breaks those Community Standards.”

Facebook unpublished the Alex Jones Channel Page, the Alex Jones Page, the InfoWars Page and the Infowars Nightly News Page for “repeated violations of Community Standards and accumulating too many strikes.”

Officials at Facebook say while they are cracking down on pages with false information their decision was not based on that: “While much of the discussion around Infowars has been related to false news, which is a serious issue that we are working to address by demoting links marked wrong by fact checkers and suggesting additional content, none of the violations that spurred today’s removals were related to this.”

Although Spotify has removed Jones' material, there are still three other podcasts that remain on the music streaming site.