Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) received a round of mockery on Twitter Saturday morning after he defended right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones over his suspension by Facebook.
Facebook officially suspended the InfoWars founder for posting hate speech on his personal and work pages and for bullying others.
“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],” Facebook said, according to Reuters. “We remove content that violates our standards as soon as we’re aware of it.”
Jones is also on the verge of being permanently banned by YouTube.
Jones has attacked the families of victims of the Sandy Hook mass shooting by claiming that the mass shooting was faked and that the kids who were killed are merely “crisis actors.” He has repeatedly harassed the victims’ families.
Jones has also called 9/11 an “inside job,” accused former President Obama of being an Al-Qaeda leader, pushed the false Pizzagate conspiracy against Hillary Clinton, and has cried “false flag” after nearly all mass shootings and terrorist attacks committed by white men, just to name a few of the many conspiracies he has pushed over the years.
Jones is also a Trump supporter and a resident of Texas, so, of course, Ted Cruz would jump to his defense.
Cruz claims that Facebook is censoring free speech by suspending Jones, who violated the social media giant’s community standards and terms of service by bullying others and posting hate speech.
Am no fan of Jones — among other things he has a habit of repeatedly slandering my Dad by falsely and absurdly accusing him of killing JFK — but who the hell made Facebook the arbiter of political speech? Free speech includes views you disagree with. #1A https://t.co/RC5v4SHaiI
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) July 28, 2018
Twitter users immediately mocked Cruz, including by pointing out that the First Amendment only protects free speech from being restricted by the government.
Facebook is a private company. It can restrict speech however it wants.
If YOU don’t like the way Facebook restricts speech, you can stop using it. It’s the “free market”, something the GOP used to care about.
And don’t give me “but I have to use Facebook to do X”. You don’t.
— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) July 28, 2018
Sad that a member of Congress does not understand how Freedom of Speech works.
— Damian (@decryptsea) July 28, 2018
It’s a private company dumbass.
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) July 28, 2018
Oh, that reminds me. I need to donate more money to @BetoORourke.
— Elàn Husk TARDIS🌊🌊 (@dinnerbeans) July 28, 2018
It’s become like a drinking game for me…whenever Cruz tweets up I make another donation to Beto’s campaign. 👍👍😉
Easier on the liver than doing shots…
— CC Stone (@Ferrydogmother) July 28, 2018
This guy shut down our government, remember.
He needs to be punted from “public service”
— get you some slack (@mysticallysue) July 28, 2018
A private company making decisions about the content on its own platform is not a free speech issue. You either don’t understand this, or you’re willfully misrepresenting the first amendment to conform with your divisive politics. I’m not sure which is worse.
— Rob Sheridan (@rob_sheridan) July 28, 2018
⬆⬆⬆⬆ This. You’d think a constitutional scholar would understand how the 1st Amendment works.
— SHKSPRTX (@shksprtx) July 28, 2018
You seem to forget that after his false Pizzagate conspiracy a person went on a shooting rampage & he has continued to spout lies and target harassment.
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) July 28, 2018
Wait, if he wrongfully accused your dad, doesn’t that make you honor bound to support his policies? Or does he have to insult your wife, too?
— WouldOrWouldn’tHat (@Popehat) July 28, 2018
We can now add supporting Alex Jones as yet another reason why Texans should vote against Cruz in November.
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