There are rumors floating around the alternative media community which claim that Alex Jones through InfoWars contacted many alternative media personas (people like Mark Dice, WeAreChange, etc.) during the last couple of weeks asking if they would be interested in a new video sharing platform.
These rumors come after the Alex Jones channel was completely suspended by YouTube, his Facebook page was deleted by Facebook, and Spotify removed their podcasts, while Apple stopped the distribution of the InfoWars iOS app. All this within about 12 hours. The MSM and the corporations claim that this is because of ‘hate speech’ and his ‘crazy’ theories about 911 and the Sandy Hook school shooting.
This wasn’t the first time Google took actions against Alex Jones, a few times in the past YouTube has suspended their channel, and there was also one time when Google decided to disable ads on the official InfoWars website. All that was resolved within a few weeks. This is a blatant form of censorship, however unlike many people hit by the YouTube ‘purge’ who lost their channels and never got them back, Alex Jones and his brand has – thus far – always recovered from these incidents, and came out even hugely profiting due to human empathy, increased social media, MSM, and printed media exposure.
We don’t see how the current takedowns will end, however #AlexJones was trending on Twitter (in the top 3) for several hours yesterday. I do believe that Alex Jones would be suing Google and Facebook if he didn’t get his his YouTube channel and Facebook page back in 3 or 4 weeks. Jones had previously stated – about a year ago – that he has intended to sue Google if Google continued to disallow adsense ads on the InfoWars website.
If we analyse the rumor which claims that Alex Jones is readying a new video sharing platform, which will definitely will be politicized, Alex may just received a big gift from Google, Spotify and Amazon.
The Alex Jones video sharing platform could be a blessing or a curse for many small video creators. Since Alex Jones and InfoWars are so popular and consequently powerful, but also notorious for pushing ‘conspiracies.’
All of these wouldn’t be an issue if Alex Jones and his team would do careful analysis and fact-checking on the topic on hand, however even if they are analyzing legitimate conspiracy theories which factually took place, the team at InfoWars would still use non-factual information, would not take the time to get some experts on, and would use baseless allegations to prove them. Pizzagate is very a good (if not best) example to that. There was a lot of suspicious documents out in the open and everybody knew that phedophilia is well and alive in both, the Democratic and Republican parties as a mean to control and blackmail politicians. However, even with a multitude of documents and information being publicly accessible – none of which could prove anything at court -, instead of doing research and digging deeper, Alex Jones did not thread carefully, but instead he shouting ‘child molesters’ and ‘phedophiles’ at Democrat politicians and the owner of the pizza place.
Quickly after these allegations came up, James Alefantis, the owner of the pizza place (Comet Ping Pong), one of the individuals who was alleged to be a child molester and the ring runner himself, started legal action against Alex Jones. In a couple of days Alex has decided to retract everything and to apologize. So essentially, Alex Jones became an example of what’s wrong with conspiracy theorists.
If Alex Jones is truly intending to start a new video sharing platform, it will be also good for the MSM, YouTube and Facebook. Many people would jump unto the bandwagon, but unfortunately that will probably not result in any substantial improvement in quality in the ‘truther’ community.
By reinforcing the biases and viewpoints of the visitors, this new politicized video sharing platform would create an ‘echochamber’ for ‘conspiracy theorists’ and people who question the old-guard media essentially removing many ‘conspiracy theorists’ from YouTube. That would be welcomed by the leadership at YouTube, but it would also mean that such viewpoints could no longer reach 90%+ of the audience mostly consisted of the non-believers of conspiracies.
This is how this echochamber would in practice look like:
No way to get out of the bucket and no outsiders to convert. They can ribbit at each other for years without an end not achieving anything.
After that Facebook and YouTube could claim that there is another platform which is sufficient for ‘conspiracy theorists’ so they may as well just add a new rule to their terms of service about de facto banning conspiracies and news analysis off of YouTube and Facebook while deeming it ‘hate speech.’
It will be surely interesting how this one plays out.