Last year, Infowars founder Alex Jones was removed from multiple social media platforms. The reason? “Hate speech” allegations. According to a YouTube representative, “When users violate … policies repeatedly, like our policies against hate speech and harassment or our terms prohibiting circumvention of our enforcement measures, we terminate their accounts.” Facebook and Apple made similar declarations, with the later insisting it “does not tolerate hate speech.”
Interestingly, none of the companies provided specific examples of the speech in question. While Jones has promoted some wild conspiracies theories, I’ve never heard him praise Hitler and the Holocaust or calls Jews “satanic.” Obviously, people who do that simply aren’t tolerated in mainstream society.
Well, some of them are.
YouTube, Facebook, and Apple all continue to host material from the Nation of Islam and its leader, Louis Farrakhan. Farrakhan has long railed against whites, gays, and Jews, describing the latter as “wicked,” “satanic, and “my enemy.” When compared to Hitler, he responded that “Hitler was a very great man.” Regarding the Holocaust, Farrakhan has declared, “You cannot say ‘never again’ to God, because when He puts you in the oven, ‘never again’ don’t mean a thing.”
Far from being a fringe figure, Farrakhan has been publicly embraced by members of the Congressional Black Caucus, and in 2005, then Sen. Barack Obama posed for a picture with Farrakhan (the photographer agreed not release it). Another of his fans is Women’s March co-organizer Linda Sarsour. In 2011, Sarsour publicly threatened two women for criticizing Islam, one of whom suffered genital mutilation as a child.
She’s also warned against “trying to humanize” Israelis. Despite her controversial reputation (a problem she blames on “the Jewish media”), Sarsour maintains an extensive online presence. So does her “mentor” and “favorite person,” Imam Siraj Wahhaj. Wahhaj allegedly threatened to burn down a mosque for being too gay friendly and has spoken alongside Sheikh Abu Hamzah–-someone who defends marital rape and wife beating.
Whether you agree with him or not, what happened to Alex Jones should be concerning. Because if big tech is willing to silence a man with millions of subscribers, they’ll silence anyone.
Well, almost anyone.
This article was originally published at Western Free Press.