Terminated

Since early August, the Alex Jones YouTube channel has been displaying a single line of text:

This account has been terminated for violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines.

But he seems to have popped up on other video channels, like real.video and pscp.tv . And the infowars website remains in place.

It’s a bit surreal. A bit like living in East Germany in the Ulbricht era. You may only listen to Authorised State Broadcasters. And you need to keep your radio set hidden under the floorboards.

One result is that I’ve been watching and listening to people who haven’t been banned yet. For example Lionel Nation, who hasn’t been banned on YouTube yet:

“We are in – America is in – the midst of what is a civil war.”

And yesterday I was listening to Ann Coulter on Breitbart News, saying things like:

“He [Trump] is a representative of what they hate about America, which is Americans.”

and

“the tiny little area where there is still free speech and you can get an alternative point of view is on the internet”

and

“I feel like we’re living in Orwell’s 1984”

and (29:57):

“I used to be able to go on the Today show, Good Morning America, Leno, Ferguson… Now I can’t even get on Fox News.”

So Ann Coulter is getting banned too. Or she’s no longer being invited on US mainstream TV shows. So she shows up on Breitbart instead, for a half hour conversation.

The same applies to lots of other people.. Michael Savage is probably banned as well. He’s banned from even entering the UK

I suppose the idea is that every dissenting voice is to be silenced. And you won’t ever hear Alex Jones or Michael Savage or Rush Limbaugh or Ann Coulter or Jordan Peterson or Marc Morano again. And you’ll only be able to watch CNN or MSNBC or BBC, because there’ll be nothing else to watch. And that’s the way the Democrats are going to win the upcoming mid-term elections in November: Just keep all the conservatives off the air. That way they’ll create a Blue Wave, capture the House and Senate, and impeach Donald Trump, which is the only thing they want to do, because nothing else matters.

Will it work? Maybe it will.

But there are a lot of voices out there on the internet. It’s not actually “a tiny little area” like Ann Coulter said. It’s a huge area, and it’s expanding daily. And as soon as one person is banned, two more people – or ten more people – will replace them. And in some ways getting banned is the best thing that can happen to anyone. It draws attention to them.

It’s the same with banning books. It only makes people want to read them.

It’s the same with banning smoking. It just draws attention to it. It makes people want to try it. What’s so terrible about it? I must find out. Mmmm, that was nice.

Anyway, now I need to put my radio set back in its hiding place under the third step on the stairs, before the Thought Police arrive.

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11 Responses to Terminated

  1. wobbler2012 says:

    Ironically I stopped listening to Alex Jones, but since the virtual wipeout of all his platforms I have started to listen to him again.

    The only annoying thing is that he keeps demonizing China and saying things like Apple is moving over there etc. which I think is BS. But a lot of other things he says are absolutely spot-on.

    The deplatforming of people with a different view to the legacy media is really worrying though.

  2. Bill says:

    Is that Saddam in that picure?

  3. Furtive Ferret says:

    O/T from the BBC website: but it made me laugh:

    A benefit of Brexir

    “New picture warnings will be needed for cigarette packets as the EU owns the copyright to the current ones”

    Of course they could just revoke the UK signature to the FCTC, tell TC/ASH to fuck off and restore the IP of the tobacco companies.

    But that’s not going to happen is it?

  4. Dmitry Kosyrev says:

    And whatsa problem? I’ve spent more than 30 years of my life under a “totalitarian” system, where control was supposed to be absolute. Yet all my friends and their friends didn’t give a shit about Communist ideas, and when the USSR broke down, nobody came out to defend it. And there was no Internet then, by the way. Copiers were strictly controlled. Even the radio was jammed.

    • Frank Davis says:

      Perhaps you might consider telling us what it was like to live under the Soviet system. For these days I think that we in the West are finding that our supposedly “free” societies are not really very free at all (and there’s nothing better than a smoking ban to teach people this lesson).

    • Furtive Ferret says:

      Typewriters too I believe were supposed to be registered or was that just East Germany?

  5. beobrigitte says:

    Since early August, the Alex Jones YouTube channel has been displaying a single line of text:

    This account has been terminated for violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines.
    I am surprised. It’s not that I ever managed to watch one of his videos to the end (just like the ones a friend heavily into Chemtrails, Illuminati, reptile aliens in disguise as our rulers, etc.etc.etc told me to watch) as I think all these people are getting a little too carried away with their theories.
    Nevertheless, I do wonder what the exact reason was that Alex Jones was banned by Youtube, considering that there are countless Chemtrail people upload videos in which they claim that “the government is dumbing us chemically down, causing infertility” etc.etc.

    From the youtube help page:
    Community Guidelines strikes are issued when our reviewers are notified of a violation of the Community Guidelines. This includes but is not limited to videos that contain nudity or sexual content, violent or graphic content, harmful or dangerous content, hateful content, threats, spam, misleading metadata, or scams.
    Sometimes content is removed for reasons other than Community Guidelines violations, such as the safety of the person who posted a video, a first-party privacy complaint, court order or other non-malicious issue. In these cases, the uploader won’t receive a strike and the account won’t be penalised.

    Ok, but that could be anything.
    Youtube policies:
    https://www.youtube.com/yt/about/policies/#community-guidelines
    There are quite a few rules listed… I just don’t know which one it was Alex Jones broke. Child safety, perhaps?
    If a YouTube creator’s on- and/or off-platform behavior harms our users, community or ecosystem, we may respond based on a number of factors including, but not limited to, the egregiousness of their actions and whether a pattern of harmful behavior exists.
    Our response will range from suspending a creator’s privileges to account termination.

    Without being giving the reason for which Alex Jones’ channel was terminated there will be new theories and speculations coming (?on youtube).

  6. waltc says:

    His analogy about hating the pilot of the plane you’re on so,much that you want him to crash is right on. They don’t seem to care that they’re harming and weakening the country as well as dividing it to the point where it’s doubtful it can ever be put back together again.

    Lionel (his last name isn’t Nation) is a one-time lawyer who used to have a morning talk show on ABC radio. He was hyper-articulately funny and manically fast talking (unlike here) but he lost me over the bombing at the Olympics in Atlanta (whatever year that was) when, along with much of the mainstream media and without any evidence, he pounced gleefully on this poor shlub, Richard Jewell, fingering him as the bomber simply on the grounds that he was fat and lived with his mother. Even before Jewell was completely exonerated, I thought that was a low trick and gave up on him.

    Some day, when it’s earlier, I’ll tell you about the Russian emigre couple I met in the 80’s–a long complicated story–but I most remember the wife saying that life in America seemed flat because everything was matter-of-factly allowed and in a way she missed the kick that came from being dangerously, riskily transgressive. It made me think of those old WW2 movies where being in the Resistance gave every otherwise ordinary act a heightened thrill, that frisson of life-or-death importance. I’d guess, at the time, they were in their late 30s or early 40s so their experience may have been vastly different from Dmitry’s.

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