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Tucker Carlson defends Infowars' Alex Jones after Facebook suspension

Fox News' Tucker Carlson (left) defends InfoWars' Alex Jones after Facebook suspends Jones for "bullying" and "hate speech." (Image source: Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images, YouTube screenshot)

Fox News' Tucker Carlson defended Infowars' Alex Jones after Facebook suspended Jones for "bullying" and "hate speech."

What are the details of Jones' Facebook suspension?

Facebook suspended Jones from its platform for 30 days after the Infowars founder purportedly violated the platform's policies on bullying and hate speech.

Variety reported that Facebook received reports on four different videos uploaded to Infowars' Facebook pages. Facebook removed the offending videos Thursday.

The outlet reported that in two of the videos, Jones reportedly asserted that Muslims were taking control of European countries.

A third video — titled, "How to Prevent Liberalism" — reportedly showed a man shoving a child to the ground.

A fourth and final video reportedly featured Jones comparing the creators of an animated drag queen show to Satanists.

In a statement, Facebook said, "Our community standards make it clear that we prohibit content that encourages physical harm (bullying), or attacks someone based on their religious affiliation or gender identity (hate speech)."

YouTube also removed four videos from the Infowars page and barred the page from livestreaming for a period of 90 days for similar infractions.

What did Carlson say?

During Thursday's "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Carlson defended Jones from Facebook's suspension and invoked the story of the White House banning CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins from covering a Wednesday event at the White House.

The White House banned Collins from attending the media event because her questions were reportedly inappropriate, and because she was allegedly shouting.

You can read more about the Collins incident here and here.

"So I couldn't help but notice, the big story in Washington today is Kaitlan Collins over at CNN was prevented from covering an event at the White House yesterday," Carlson said.

Carlson went on to note that Collins worked for Carlson for some time at The Daily Caller, and noted that he believes Collins is a "fair and decent person" and should not have been refused entry to the White House.

"But CNN has been basically a martyr for free speech for the last 24 hours," Tucker countered. "At the same time they're telling us how important it is that people should be able to say what they think, they are agitating for Alex Jones to be pulled off YouTube."

Carlson's comments about CNN in particular appear to reference a series of reports that were published by CNN, and which seemed intended to shame Facebook and YouTube for monetizing Infowars content. CNN simultaneously reported on companies who served ads on Infowars-produced content.

"Now I know we're supposed to think Alex Jones is way more radical than, like, Bill Maher, [or] Michelle Wolf, or Rosie O'Donnell," he added. "But he's got a point of view and CNN is trying to squelch his point of view."

You can listen to Carlson's remarks in the video below.

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