Google targets alternative press, censors PrisonPlanet and InfoWars: Alex Jones

A prominent U.S. political commentator has claimed that Google and YouTube are censoring various outlets from which the radio host broadcasts information.

In a video posted on YouTube on November 29, Jones claimed that articles hosted at two websites he maintains—Infowars.com and PrisonPlanet.com—have been blacklisted from Google News search results.

“We noticed two weeks ago—and we’ve done research and confirmed it—that PrisonPlanet.com, that for eight years has been accepted by Google News, has been completely banned,” Jones said. “No headline of PrisonPlanet.Com or InfoWars.com is allowed into Google News.”

Now, Jones continued, YouTube has stated that it has frozen the YouTube account “TheAlexJonesChannel”.

Jones explained that he received notice from YouTube that the channel has been flagged for a “community guidelines violation”.

The content that the TheAlexJonesChannel allegedly uploaded in violation of YouTube’s “Community Guidelines” shows a U.S. Apache helicopter shooting journalists in Iraq.

“Today, we received a notice for the Alex Jones channel”¦that it is going to be shut down for the foreseeable future,” Jones said.

The video, known as “Collateral Murder”, was originally made public by the whistleblowers website Wikileaks in April. Once online, it was immediately duplicated, edited, and rebroadcast by major media outlets around the world.

As Jones has pointed out, portions of the 18-minute-long video appear in video clips uploaded by many other YouTube users who presumably have not received violations notices nor penalties.

The alternative media that is literally challenging and displacing the tired, corporate, globalist media, is under attack," Jones said in the November 19 video. "Google–the parent company of YouTube–has now launched a campaign of censorship against us."



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Amar
Thanks for posting!
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Goldenboy
Good work Travis! the US Gov and most western Governments are trying their best to keep us sheeple misinformed in may ways and this is just another layer of tyranny being lay-ed out. If they get their way the internet will be pure and full of censored globalist bought media just like the TV presently, keep up the good work Georgia Straight.
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Elmocall911
1.STRAIGHT YOU ROCK!!!
2.NO INTERNET CENSORSHIP WILL BE TOLERATED!!!
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Mack
On the other hand, isn't Jones a profit-driven demagogue with a reactionary agenda? His “research” is beyond sloppy. He’s done terrible damage to the field he claims to represent. I mean, "boo" to censorship, but turning the volume down on Alex Jones is hardly worth weeping over, is it?
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Evan Hill
The Youtube problem doesn't seem like that big a deal. The email says they will return your ability to post new content in 2 weeks.
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John C
Yeah, but what you don't point out in your article is that Jones is a 9-11 truther, birther and all around paranoid conspiracy nutjob (when are those Ameros and FEMA death camps ever going to show up?) with no journalistic credentials beyond his own self-promotion, and who's comical response to almost everything is to abolish gun control and privatize health care.

C'mon Georgia Straight, you can do better than this.
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Mike Cantelon
I find it unfortunate that some support the censorship simply because they disagree with Alex Jones.

Many people trust Google with their data. If Google is willing to censor perfectly legal video because it embarrasses the state, are they also willing to compromise their users' data if it be of interest to the state?
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Smack
I suppose you 0bots all work without a paycheck?
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Its not a duck
Anyone want to start placing bets on how long until the IMF "bails out" BC?
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MichaelG
YouTube/Google are completely out of order for doing this and for me it really lowers my opinion on them. I'm in no way offended by the video and welcome Alex's comments about the pilots laughing at attacking the mini van as he is showing just how cruel, nasty and disgusting they really are but ABC and others are allowed to show it with no hesitation. What a joke and also some channels have girls have naked dancing in their living rooms but I guess it's ok to show that isn't it?
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Read the rules
The community guidelines clearly state "don't show people getting hurt". Just because there are other people posting the same content doesn't mean you aren't breaking the rules, it just means those other people haven't been caught by the system yet. YouTube is huge, their staff can only react to complaints, not filter everything.

If they were truly censoring Alex Jones, they would have shut down his account entirely.
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john v
Wake up morons your next . but it wont matter we will all hear you crying,. please goverment you promised you would look ater me(suffer you moron idiot.)
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anotherguysopinion
To "read the rules":

a very generic guideline such as "don't show people getting hurt" is a trick that can be used to selectively shut people down. How hurt do they need to get before you shut them down? How clearly does the action need to be shown? What about all the candid cameras and funny shots of children falling with their head on the floor, should they take all of those down?

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Sucka Punch
Alex Jones, your about as real as fools gold. Talk about the biggest poser and closet agent. Read between the lines when wasting time on his website......
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DAYWALKER
Alex is a useful agent. I'm beginning to realize he is our agent.

The modern day Robinhood.

Down with all the oppressors and why are we censoring when they put crap on tv that we don't like they say just turn off the tv.

I guess that's not good enough for the controllers.
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glen p robbins
China - this - when is a monopoly on politics or business good for anyone?
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eyes_wide_open
it's time for society to think out of the box. the controllers want everyone to believe everything they do is for the best interest. BULLSHIT!!! Look at all the conspiracies we have going on in the world, Monsanto, FDA, chemtrails, Aspartame, Fluoride in water, 9/11, Black Helicopters, Reptilians, Bilderburgh Family, New World Order, the list goes on and on and on........ are some people just to stupid to realize when something like this happens (a shut down of a site) it's because 'the controllers' are becoming scared of their secret being revealed... but, the vail is lifting with many people. All of my associates are all wide eyed maybe it's time for the rest of society to come together and stop worshiping evil...
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Jabba
Regardless if you agree with Alex or not... The fact that ANYONE is being censored is the issue.

USA - Home of the free?
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Warlord Xenu
youtube guidline says "dont show people getting hurt" ? well i guess they have to take down all of the sports videos , skating videos , wrestling videos , people falling videos , car wreck videos , police videos , protest videos , stunt videos , ucf videos and thousands of other videos . i guess they want a nation of sissys and sheeple. freedom of speech but only what they think freedom of speech should be . scum every last one of them .
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briget
prayin isaiah chapter 54 verse 17 for alex , in jesus name , amen
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