Facebook has allowed Alex Jones to circumvent his ban with National File — a website he says he secretly runs – By Alex Kaplan (Media Matters) / Mar 17 2023
Since Facebook banned Jones and Infowars, one of his sites has been shared on the platform thousands of times, earning more than 1.2 million interactions
A site supposedly secretly founded by Alex Jones to promote misinformation, conspiracy theories, and other content from his outlet Infowars has earned well over a million interactions on Facebook, even though Meta has had a ban on Infowars content since 2019.
According to an investigation of Jones’ 2019 and 2020 text messages — which were leaked to the Southern Poverty Law Center during litigation of the Sandy Hook defamation lawsuits — Jones started the site National File “to promote Infowars content and to establish a business vehicle for his son.” The investigation further revealed that “the Jones family appears to be bankrolling National File as a clearinghouse for Infowars content,” as Jones told operative Roger Stone in a text message on February 13, 2020, “off record this is my site.”
On May 2, 2019, Facebook announced a ban on Alex Jones and Infowars, with The Atlantic reporting at the time that “Facebook and Instagram will remove any content containing Infowars videos, radio segments, or articles (unless the post is explicitly condemning the content), and Facebook will also remove any groups set up to share Infowars content and events promoting any of the banned extremist figures.” Roughly two months later, a domain was registered for National File, and several affiliated social media accounts were created. Like the main Infowars network, National File is known for spreading misinformation, and as the SPLC notes, the site has collaborated with Infowars. Additionally, one of National File’s highest profile figures, Patrick Howley, is known for rampant antisemitism.
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