No, YouTube is not about to delete Alex Jones’ Infowars channel


Alex Jones on Saturday claimed that YouTube is going to delete his Infowars channel on Sunday. According to YouTube, that’s simply not true.

This is what Jones—the far-right conspiracy theorist whose channel was given two strikes by YouTube last week for his videos covering the Parkland shooting, pushing him only one step away from deletion—tweeted Saturday.

But according to BuzzFeed’s Charlie Warzel, YouTube doesn’t have current plans to erase Jones’ channel.

Jones has had a tough week. He faced sexual harassment and anti-Semitism charges by two former employees, he begged a teenager to stop defaming him, and a number of YouTube advertisers pulled their ads from his channel.

Jones, who has 2.2 million subscribers with more than 1.5 billion views, also set up a new YouTube channel, called Infowars Censored, where he’s already posted nine videos.

Update 1:14pm CT: YouTube made a similar statement to the Daily Dot on Sunday afternoon, saying it did not tell Jones his channel would be deleted and that it had no plans to terminate his account on Sunday.

Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz

Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.