Amazon has quietly stopped endorsing InfoWars host Alex Jones’s products which it continues to sell on its marketplace.
The web giant refused to comment on whether it would remove Jones on Tuesday afternoon but has been busy removing its “Amazon choice” label from items sold by InfoWars, including its line of dietary supplements.
Amazon again declined to comment on why it had made a U-turn on recommending the items, which include a £49 “survival shield X2” and a £14 “silver bullet”. Both items are available for next day delivery on Amazon’s Prime subscription delivery service.
A number of Jones’ books and documentaries remain available to buy or watch using the Amazon Prime streaming service. One “proves” that the US government is colluding to transform America into a “giant prison camp” according to Amazon’s description.
Others suggest that the government was behind the September 11 attacks and another claims that the dollar will soon be replaced with another global currency.
Amazon's refusal to address Jones stands in contrast to the stance taken by YouTube, Apple, Spotify and Facebook. Jones is banned on each of the platforms for violating their policies.
Amazon is not the only tech company to allow him to remain online. On Tuesday evening Twitter founder and chief executive Jack Dorsey addressed outrage that Jones was allowed to remain on his website. “We didn’t suspend Alex Jones or Infowars yesterday,” Dorsey wrote.
“We know that’s hard for many but the reason is simple: he hasn’t violated our rules. We’ll enforce if he does. And we’ll continue to promote a healthy conversational environment by ensuring tweets aren’t artificially amplified.”
We didn’t suspend Alex Jones or Infowars yesterday. We know that’s hard for many but the reason is simple: he hasn’t violated our rules. We’ll enforce if he does. And we’ll continue to promote a healthy conversational environment by ensuring tweets aren’t artificially amplified.— jack (@jack) August 8, 2018
Dorsey admitted that Twitter had been “terrible at explaining our decisions in the past” but that it was going to hold Jones to the same standard as it held every account. He pointed out that removing Jones would “add fuel to new conspiracy theories”.
Jones, and his fans, have reacted to the mass banning as an affront to free speech, using the ban as “proof” of what they allege is widespread collusion across the US.
After YouTube removed Jones he responded by publishing a Twitter video claiming that America "has been sold out to communist censorship"