EXCLUSIVE: Thank you Apple, Facebook and YouTube! Alex Jones claims 5.6 million people have subscribed to Infowars newsletter in 48 hours as he calls ‘bull***t’ on tech giants who have blocked the conspiracy theorist’s content
Ryan Parry — Daily Mail Aug 9, 2018
Infowars motor mouth Alex Jones has issued a ‘never surrender’ battle cry to his army of alt-right followers after a string of tech giants hammered him over his controversial views.
And underfire Jones – accused of spreading bile and hatred as America’s leading conspiracy theorist – says he isn’t taking the attack lying down.
In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, he launched an expletive-laden rant claiming the Democratic Party staged the ‘desperate’ onslaught and says he’s a ‘sacrificial lamb’ who has been likened to Hitler for the purposes of a wider attack on free speech.
What’s more, he claims the publicity surrounding the action taken by the likes of YouTube, Facebook and Apple – who have blocked his content and removed his channels – has gained him millions of subscribers – not lost him followers.
Jones claims 5.6million people have subscribed to the Infowars newsletter and free podcast in the past 48 hours
Branding what’s happened ‘bull***t’, the 44-year-old Texan said: ‘Why not say I’m flying a Nazi flying carpet. I sit up in the morning and I s**t Hitler out of my a**. It’s bull***t.
‘Because I play devil’s advocate because I play both sides, they’ve taken me out of context, they are using me as a test case to try to bring an EU style web censorship.
‘They’ve got mainline Democratic senators saying they ought to restrict Fox News, Tucker Carlson, Matt Drudge, the President himself.
‘They are misrepresenting what I’ve said and done and are using that to set a precedent for internet-wide de-platforming, censorship beyond what Russia does, what China does, ahead of the midterms (election). The whole thing is fake.’
Jones even likened the ‘censorship’ to Nazi Germany putting Jews in ghettos.
‘It’s very dangerous for everybody else, but for me, who has been chosen as the sacrificial lamb, there’s a big effect,’ he explained
‘This is very anti-free speech, this is very deceptive.
‘The Democrats are trying to demonize free speech, set the precedent to try to restrict free speech and so it’s a very villainous overall program.’
Jones was left reeling when YouTube, Facebook and Apple became the latest Silicon Valley companies to bring the hammer down on Infowars.
But the veteran broadcaster isn’t giving up.
Quoting [inaccurately] from Winston Churchill’s famous ‘We shall fight on the beaches’ speech in 1940, Jones told DailyMail.com: ‘In the words of Winston Churchill we will go on until the end, whatever the cost may be.
‘Even if I was ever defeated, from other places around the world victory is going to come, this fight for human liberty is unstoppable…people understand what’s happening and we’re gonna go on to the end whatever the cost is. We’re gonna never surrender.’
Facebook announced Monday that it removed four pages belonging to Jones for posting content that violated its policies around hate speech and violence.
It came just hours after Apple revealed it removed the entire iTunes library for five of Jones’s six Infowars podcasts, including the shows ‘War Room’ and the daily ‘The Alex Jones Show.’
Not long after Facebook and Apple took action, YouTube removed The Alex Jones Channel, which counts close to 2.2 million subscribers.
Spotify also announced Monday it was taking further action against Jones, removing every episode of the Alex Jones Show from the streaming site.
Stitcher, LinkedIn and Pinterest have also removed Infowars content.
In recent weeks, Facebook and other tech giants have faced repeated backlash over its inaction against the conspiracy theorist.
But despite the onslaught rambunctious Jones claims little damage has been done to his brand or his ability to reach his legions of followers.
‘The good news is Infowars has had the highest traffic it’s ever had – 5.6 million new subscribers in the past 48 hours – and so has my radio show,’ he claims.
‘De-platforming doesn’t do anything, we already have the subscribers, it doesn’t do very much.
‘And so the loss we’ve had of new subscriptions…on various platforms, has been way compensated by millions of new subscribers and visitors to our website, the mobile app, to our free podcast.
‘We’ve never had this much people signing up for our newsletter, podcast, video feeds, they’re all hitting subscribe, subscribe, subscribe.
‘This is good for me but not good for the free internet.’
Jones, whose YouTube channel has received over a billion views and 2.2 million subscribers, is famous for propagating far-fetched and erroneous conspiracy theories.
He once suggested the Sandy Hook school shooting of 20 young children was staged, that the September 11 attacks of 2001 were an inside job and that the bizarre reports about Hillary Clinton being part of a Washington pizzeria child sex abuse ring warrant serious investigation.
He has also claimed the US government puts chemicals into the water supply to turn people gay so they do not have children.
On his radio show, Monday Jones used similarly strong language to call on his Infowars followers to rise up against anti-Trump ‘sociopaths’ who he says are behind the removal of his Infowars programming from most major social media platforms.
‘We knew this was coming,’ Jones said on his broadcast Monday. ‘They tried to break all the Republicans, persecute people. Trump broke through their bullying and lies. We stood beside him, and now they want to take out the press from under him, and they want to use me as the distorted poster child to do it. They think you’re weak.’