YouTube has a "three strikes and you're out" policy for users who violate community standards, and Alex Jones of InfoWars is learning about that policy firsthand.
The InfoWars channel a second strike this week for promoting the conspiracy that students speaking out about the Parkland, Florida school shooting are 'crisis actors'. If it receives a third strike within the same three-month period, the account will be banned.
The channel said it received an alert from YouTube on Tuesday morning, saying Infowars received a second strike on a video about the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting and will temporarily be unable to upload new content.
"This is the second strike applied to your account within three months. As a result, you're unable to post new content to YouTube for two weeks," the alert said. "If there are no further issues, the ability to upload will be automatically restored after this two week period."
Infowars's second strike comes as social media giants like YouTube and Twitter grapple with how to handle extremist or conspiracy theory content.
With a current follower count of more than 2 million, losing access to YouTube would put a serious dent into Jones' exposure.
The first strike was related to a video targeting Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg, titled "David Hogg Can't Remember His Lines In TV Interview," and suggested Hogg and others were paid "crisis actors" instead of actual students who survived the shooting.