SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, also known as the real-life Tony Stark, has done a few live long-form interviews in recent years.
Recently a Twitter user suggested Musk go on Joe Rogan’s podcast and he responded positively to the tweet.
“A lot of people whose judgment I respect have suggested this. Sounds like a good idea. Will do so after Model 3 production reaches 5k/week steady,” said Musk.
Joe Rogan then officially extended a personal invitation via Twitter to Elon Musk last week. “Elon, anytime you’re ready you’ve got an open invitation,” said Rogan to which Musk replied, “Thanks! Have heard universally great things about your podcasts.”
A few days ago the two got together inside Joe Rogan’s studio. The interview started off with Joe asking Musk how he finds time to do everything. They spoke about The Boring Company’s underground tunnel projects and how Musk recently sold 20,000 flamethrowers. Joe brought up robots and artificial intelligence. Both Musk and Rogan are truly worried about AI and the danger of AI.
Humans will one day represent a small percentage of intelligence according to Musk. He thinks it’s important for people to slow down with artificial intelligence. The interview is fascinating, have a listen for yourself below.
Musk ends the interview by expressing that he just wants to make things people love, things that bring them joy, to make the future better. He loves humanity and thinks it’s great unlike many in Silicon Valley, who are racing towards a future in which AI (Artificial Intelligence) replaces humanity.
Joe Rogan, who went after Alex Jones on his podcast while speaking with liberal podcast host Dave Rubin a couple of months back, said that he was unaware of Alex Jones claims that the Sandy Hook shooting was staged, and added that he would’ve confronted Jones about it during his appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience had he known.
More recently, Joe Rogan had singer Shooter Jennings on his podcast and spoke on the Alex Jones situation again. Joe said he can’t have Jones back on his podcast. “[Alex Jones] said that the government threatened my family to stop talking about conspiracy theories.” Alex Jones claims that Eddie Bravo, who is Joe’s close friend, told him that Rogan had been contacted by the CIA to stop talking about conspiracies like pizza gate.
“People sent me the clip. They sent me the clip of [Alex Jones] saying [Sandy Hook] was 100% fake. He thought it was fake so he said it. He thought it was a false flag. That’s a part of the conspiratorial thinking that’s a real problem. Saying you know. He said some shit about me too,” said Rogan.
“If it’s your decision to defend George Soros, then there’s going to be a whole new chapter to our relationship,” Alex Jones said while on the air a few months back when speaking about his “friend” Joe Rogan. “If you become Darth Vader, I’m going to be Obi Wan Kenobi,” added Jones to Rogan. “I’m coming for you, buddy.”
As many of you probably already know, Alex Jones has been deplatformed on social media. Alex Jones’s Infowars.com news website is currently down (at the time this post) from an apparent “cyber attack.” Since our last post, Alex Jones/Infowars have additionally been removed by Pinterest, MailChimp, LinkedIn and porn sites like YouPorn. Big tech companies seemingly working together have now set a precedent banning Jones/Infowars for what they consider hate speech.
Within a 12 hour period, Alex Jones has been deplatformed from Spotify, Apple, YouTube and Facebook virtually simultaneously. Jones was excommunicated from the tech giants’ platforms following a pressure campaign from left-wing political activists and CNN. CNN even went on to publish an article today claiming Infowars.com is complicit in domestic terror.
“The stripping of InfoWars from Facebook, Apple and other platforms is an important step in the recognition of nativist, nationalist and white supremacist hate speech as a form of terrorism.”
Sadly, domestic terrorism, or Jones’ dangerous speech, in which he claims that he is in a holy war against Islam, is not prosecuted under that statute. This is a failing that has permitted the proliferation of platforms such as InfoWars, their presence on popular platforms a legitimization of sorts for their content.
This new decision is a step forward in recognizing that hate outlets, such as InfoWars, are complicit in domestic terror, and a relief to Muslim-Americans, like myself, who have been the target of online assaults and threats.” – Rafia Zakaria, CNN.
With Alex Jones effectively banned from the respectable face of the internet, viewers could still get his content on porn sites like YouPorn.
Not for long. YouPorn jumped on board the hate speech bandwagon late Monday. The site’s vice president Charlie Hughes issued a statement saying:
“Following news that YouTube, Spotify and Facebook have banned Alex Jones from their platforms, team YouPorn is joining in solidarity and announces we are banning his content as well. As one of the largest user-generated content platforms in the world, we have already removed his videos that have violated our terms of service. As an inclusive platform, hate has no place on YouPorn.”
If the powers that be decide to take it to the domain name registrar level, they could effectively strip Jones of the ability to even have his own platform on his own site, by taking away his domain name which is hosted by Name.com. This would not be the first time that a domain has been seized due to hate speech violations. White nationalists websites, The Daily Stormer and Stormfront, had their domains stripped for hate speech violations in 2017.
Microsoft has threatened to cease hosting services for the social media network Gab.ai over two anti-Semitic posts, according to an email published by Gab founder Andrew Torba. The email claims the posts violate Microsoft policy and requests that Gab “promptly take appropriate action to resolve the complaint within two business days” or hosting service will be suspended.
Founded as an alternative for users who were banned by Twitter and Facebook, Gab has long struggled to maintain infrastructure partners in the face of persistent hate speech complaints. Gab’s apps have been dropped from both the iOS App Store and Google Play Store, making the service largely unavailable on mobile devices.
In 2017, Gab was nearly dropped by its domain registrar over a series of posts that violated the provider’s hate speech policy. Could Infowars.com be next to have its domain stripped for hate speech? We think so.
YouTube, Facebook, Spotify, Apple, Pinterest and now Vimeo have removed Infowars content from their platforms. Vimeo is the latest in a growing wave of tech companies to pull videos from former Howard Stern guest and fellow radio host, Alex Jones.
Vimeo suddenly found itself at the center of the on-going Infowars.com debate after the show was barred from a number of competing sites. Earlier in the week, it was host to a handful of Jones-produced videos, but that number jumped suddenly when north of 50 more were uploaded to the service on Thursday and Friday.
“We can confirm that Vimeo removed InfoWars’ account on Sunday, August 12 following the uploading of videos on Thursday and Friday that violated our Terms of Service prohibitions on discriminatory and hateful content. Vimeo has notified the account owner and issued a refund,” a spokesperson told TechCrunch.
The tech companies say they blocked Infowars not because of the conspiracy theories, but because, in Spotify’s words, Infowars “expressly and principally promotes, advocates, or incites hatred or violence against a group or individual based on characteristics.”
Facebook said they were shutting down several of Jones’s pages for “glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies.”
“Apple does not tolerate hate speech, and we have clear guidelines that creators and developers must follow to ensure we provide a safe environment for all of our users,” adding, “podcasts that violate these guidelines are removed from our directory.”
Infowars is moving quickly from one platform to the next, as more sites remove their content over “hate speech” violations. Twitter remains steadfast in their decision not to remove Jones, for now.
Update: Jones’ accounts have also been suspended on Pinterest, MailChimp and LinkedIn.