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ACLU: Alex Jones ban could set dangerous social media precedent

The Hill [1]
August 22, 2018

Ben Wizner, the director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) speech, privacy and technology project, warned Monday that bans against Alex Jones and Infowars could set a dangerous precedent.

Wizner told HuffPost [2] that the hate speech policies many social media companies cited when they banned Jones can be “misused and abused.”

Earlier this month, Jones’s content was pulled [3] from Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Vimeo for violating policies related to hate speech. He was later hit with a temporary suspension by Twitter as well.

Wizner said companies had a constitutional right to regulate speech on their platforms, but added that hate speech “turns out to be an extremely subjective term.”

“If [Attorney General] Jeff Sessions, for example, were deciding what’s hate speech, he would be less likely to think KKK and more likely to think [Black Lives Matter],” he said.

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