Conservative pundit Alex Jones is a man of controversy, to be kind. Truthfully, I have never paid much attention to Alex Jones. Once that’s said, Zuckerberg/Facebook’s regular scrutiny as to how outside parties access and use the personal data of Facebook users is of national concern. Facebook’s censoring individual American citizens, like the unpleasant Mr. Jones, is perhaps small beer, but isn’t Facebook usurping our First Amendment rights along the way?
I am not a Facebook user and have no Facebook page.
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Facebook Inc. FB -0.78% said it banned controversial radio host Alex Jones for 30 days for repeatedly posting content that violated the social network’s community guidelines.
Three of the videos Facebook removed were reported Wednesday by the social network’s users, the company said, while one was reported a month ago. Facebook said it erred in initially determining the video didn’t violate its policies.
Each time content is removed, it counts as a strike against a page, the company said. Crossing a certain number of strikes can cause a page to be removed. Facebook declined to specify its threshold.
Mr. Jones’s suspension comes the same week Facebook suffered the biggest one-day loss in market value for a U.S.-listed company after it warned of slower growth ahead as it tries to better police its platform.
Facebook is facing scrutiny from lawmakers over how the social network mediates political discourse on its platform, and it continues to deal with fallout related to how outside parties access and use the personal data of Facebook users.
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