Facebook has taken down much of Alex “Infowars” Jones’ content, as have Apple and Spotify.
(Update, 7/8/18: Apple was the first to move. The others were clearly waiting for somebody else to lead.)
The company [Facebook] said it removed the pages â€œfor glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies.â€
Apple does not tolerate hate speech
This stuff is all in the terms and conditions. For example, for Apple’s podcasts there is an outright ban on:
- Content that could be construed as racist, misogynist, or homophobic
- Content depicting graphic sex, violence, gore, illegal drugs, or hate themes
Although its enforcement has been patchy, this is Facebook’s policy:
We do not allow hate speech on Facebook…Â We define hate speech as a direct attack on people based on what we call protected characteristics â€“ race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, sex, gender, gender identity and serious disability or disease.
I have some sympathy for these firms, because enforcement is a big job. Facebook again:
Over the last two months, on average, we deleted around 66,000 posts reported as hate speech per week â€” thatâ€™s around 288,000 posts a month globally.
That’s a lot of hate. But the point is, it’s against the rules whether it’s uploaded to Apple, posted on Facebook, streaming on Spotify or tweeted on Twitter. Apple alone is now a $1 trillion company; Facebook $522 billion; Twitter $32 billion; and Twitter $24 billion. If they’re short of moderators, they can afford to hire more.