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Facebook’s banning of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was less strict than employees wanted it to be, according to a new report from BuzzFeed.

Facebook announced in May 2019 that it was banning a group of right-wing conspiracy theorists, including Jones. Sources told BuzzFeed that Facebook’s strategic response team recommended not only banning Jones himself, but removing any content that praised or expressed support for his ideas.

But once this recommendation was run up to Zuckerberg, he decided on a less comprehensive ban, effectively deviating from company policy, the sources said.

“Zuckerberg basically took the decision that he did not want to use this policy against Jones because he did not personally think he was a hate figure,” a former Facebook policy employee told BuzzFeed.

Jones has promoted a host of conspiracy theories, including that 9/11 was a government orchestrated false-flag operation. He has also said the Sandy Hook school shooting was a “hoax” and the children killed were actors. The Washington Post reported Saturday that Jones was among a group of right-wing figures under investigation by the FBI and the Justice Department for possible ties to the Capitol riot on January 6.

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Source:: Businessinsider – Tech


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