The popular news outlet Infowars has been removed from numerous platforms. From services such as Facebook, YouTube, iTunes, Spotify, and many more. This has created an uproar in the right-wing community. It’s no secret that many of President Trumps voters watch Infowars as their number one source of news. So for anyone to pretend that it doesn’t benefit the Silicone Valley tech giants to have Alex Jones and his Infowars stations removed from the internet, prior to midterm elections, would be extremely dishonest.
On August 15th, PewDiePie released another installment of his weekly “Pew News” series. In this video, he tackled some drama amongst other Youtubers as well as his take on the censorship of Alex Jones.
He started off by stating “I knew talking about this would just make things more complicated with me. Whether the video is demonetized or it creates more media drama. I wasn’t wrong for having this idea because H3H3 got a strike while talking about Alex Jones in a live stream.”
Pewds adds shortly after that, “For those of you who are not familiar with Alex Jones, I can’t really describe him either. Because I don’t watch his content. I only really know Alex from memes and they are really funny videos.”
PewDiePie has had Alex Jones memes in previous videos of his but has never made entire videos about him.
“Ironically, I don’t think this is a big conspiracy” he continues. “I think these companies didn’t want Alex on them for a long time and now they got ort of a ripple effect way to get rid of him.”
“Now a lot of articles to explain to people why Alex Jones is bad they bring up his comments around 911 and Sandy Hook” PewDiePie added. “But a spokesperson noted that none of the violations the spurred today’s removal were related to this.”
Pewds then moves on to Alex Jones only being able to stream on Twitter and his feelings about peoples reactions to Jones being allowed to remain on twitter. “Just like twitter said themselves. Unless Alex preaches ideas that go against twitters community guidelines or rules then he shouldn’t be banned from Twitter. I find it almost dumbfounding that people disagree with this statement.”
However, shortly after PewDiePie released this video Jones was banned for Twitter for 7 days.
The last thing that PewDiePie alludes to is the idea that because these domains are technically privately owned, that they can do things like ban whoever they want from their platforms and not give a justifiable reason.
"I've seen the argument saying, "well, these are private companies." He then adds, "They have the right to ban whoever they want. They should just make up rules to get rid of Alex Jones. Seems pretty fair right? Their playground, their rules. I also kind of disagree. I think that social media has grown so big that it has become an extension of your voice. That if you're on social media and you are taken off of social media and that isn't really specified as to why then it can be seen as a way of censorship."
It becomes more clear everytime you watch PewDiePie why the mainstream media targets him. With the midterms coming up fast and mainstream companies scrambling to silence everyone they can, we have to be thankful to people like PewDiePie.