I'm quite surprised a thread about this topic hasn't already popped up but then again I'm not sure how hard the story has hit the mainstream media.
For those who don't know Alex Jones hosted a show called Info Wars on alternative media, primarily Youtube but also across the other social media sites. I've only ever seen a few bits from the show and from what I've seen AJ was a bit of a crackpot doing stories about conspiricy theories and the like. Now I'm not exactly sure if he genuinely believes the things he says or whether it's more of an act, as I've heard suggested by other commentators.
However, aside from the sensationalistic stories AJ was also quite right wing and a supporter of Trump. Indeed it has been suggested that his show and it's support of Trump was influential in him winning the last US elections. It has also been suggested that the ban has come just as the US Midterm Elections are coming up. Jones has literally millions of followers and this ban will deny many of them the chance to hear content that would be pro-Trump.
For those that are not aware AJ's account on YT was deleted last week. The reason given was that he had broken the rules of the site, alledgedly publishing content that they considered hate speech. This in itself does not seem too sinister. However, within hours of YT banning him several other alternative media outlets like FB, Spotify and Apple Podcasts had also removed his content and over the following days other sites also banned him.
Following AJ's ban came an attack on Stefan Molyneux (another content producer often considered part of the Alt Right movement, and a Trump supporter) who received "2 strikes" from YT leaving him on the verge of also being banned. However, rapid response from his followers protesting about the strikes saw them quickly removed by YT.
Now YT is clearly within it's rights to ban content that breaches it's terms of service. But is that what we are really seeing here? It has been suggested by other content creators like Sargon of Akkad and Computing Forever that YT is following a leftist agenda and actively censoring content that goes against it's own political leanings.
If this is the case then it is a very worrying development. These media sites are essentially controlling what we can hear (or as Sargon suggested the users of the site are pressuring the site to ban content that does not conform to the user's political agendas) and if so this is an attack on free speech.
Here is Sargon's take on the issue . . .