FCC shuts down Alex Jones’ flagship radio station

Sep 2012
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"Temporary" is, at least, a beginning. Alex Jones: Pariah.

FCC shuts down Alex Jones’ flagship radio station
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has shut down conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' flagship radio station.

The Austin American-Statesman reported Wednesday that the pirate radio station, Liberty Radio, was hit with a $15,000 fine and at least temporarily pulled from the airwaves.
The newspaper reported that a lawsuit filed in federal court in Austin alleged that Liberty Radio had functioned without a license since at least 2013, and had been transmitting from a tower at an Austin apartment complex.

Liberty Radio stopped airing on the radio in December, but still streams online.

The Associated Press reported that Walter Olenick and M. Rae Nadler-Olenick were named as the defendants in the lawsuit, and the apartment complex where the station was transmitting from is linked the pair.

The Olenicks reportedly told the FCC that they would not pay the fine and would treat any agency representatives as trespassers.

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Twitter suspends conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for one week
Twitter has suspended far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from its platform for one week.
The news was first shared by an InfoWars personality, who tweeted a screenshot of Jones' Twitter account -- indicating the company limited some of Jones' account features temporarily.
A Twitter spokesperson confirmed the authenticity of the screenshot. The spokesperson said the content which prompted Twitter to suspend Jones was a video published Tuesday in which he said, "now is time to act on the enemy before they do a false flag."

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Singularity

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This is a fight they simply will not win. Countless people have taken on the FCC in court for the right to broadcast without a license. They all lost. There's just no way around it, the public owns the spectrum and the FCC regulates it. Pirate broadcasts deny a section of the spectrum to all others. They must be shut down.
 
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After Alex Jones timeout, Twitter CEO mulls deeper changes
A day after Twitter gave right-wing conspiratorialist Alex Jones a weeklong timeout, CEO Jack Dorsey is mulling deeper changes to the social media service that might limit the spread of fake news, misinformation and hate speech.

Twitter joined other prominent tech companies in muzzling Jones, the founder of the Infowars site, who has used Twitter and other social outlets to spread false information. Twitter had resisted the move despite public pressure, but the holdout lasted less than two weeks.

"They seem to be reacting to the backlash they received when so many other companies in Silicon Valley ended up taking action," said Keegan Hankes, research analyst for the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Project, who focuses on far right extremist propaganda online. "It's illustrative of a broader trend of reactive enforcement" by the companies, he added.

Then on Wednesday, Dorsey told the Washington Post that he is exploring changes to core elements of Twitter's service that could promote alternative perspectives in its timeline. The move could address falsehoods, conspiracy theories and other misinformation, and might also reduce online "echo chambers," in which users are exposed mostly to viewpoints they already agree with.

The CEO said the "most important thing that we can do" is to revisit the incentives Twitter uses to shape how people behave on the service. "Because they do express a point of view of what we want people to do — and I don't think they are correct anymore," he said Twitter later confirmed Dorsey's comments.

Dorsey said Twitter is also exploring ways to label automated accounts, known as "bots," which are often used to inflate follower counts or to amplify harassment or false accusations on the service. (Many bots also have benign uses.)

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We all should be scared when the government starts shutting down speech. it's fine for private companies to do as they wish, but the government? no matter how kooky, has no business shutting down speech.
 

Babba

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We all should be scared when the government starts shutting down speech. it's fine for private companies to do as they wish, but the government? no matter how kooky, has no business shutting down speech.
He was operating without a license on airwaves owned by the public.
 
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Rasselas

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This is a fight they simply will not win. Countless people have taken on the FCC in court for the right to broadcast without a license. They all lost. There's just no way around it, the public owns the spectrum and the FCC regulates it. Pirate broadcasts deny a section of the spectrum to all others. They must be shut down.
The need for regulation of broadcasting by governments is enshrined in international agreements dating back to the 1920's.
 
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