Despite his claims that he’d thrive in exile, traffic to Alex Jones’ InfoWars website has plummeted following its high-profile banishment from many of the biggest tech platforms.
Jones’ received 715,000 daily visitors to InfoWars and his YouTube channel in August, according to statistics from Tubular Labs and SimilarWeb compiled by the New York Times on Tuesday — which was a huge drop from the 1.4 million daily visitors he averaged the month before his early August ban.
“The more I’m persecuted, the stronger I get,” Jones said last month on his site, soon after Facebook, Apple and YouTube banned him for violating “bullying” and “hate speech” policies.
That appeared to be the case, at least for a moment. InfoWars rocketed up the App Store news app rankings the day after he was booted, jumping 40 spots to the fourth-ranked app, passing the New York Times and CNN. That momentum appears to have petered out, however, with the InfoWars sitting as the 55th most popular news app on Tuesday, according to the App Store rankings.
In a statement to TheWrap last month, Jones accused China and George Soros of being behind the effort to silence him.
“China pulls the strings of big tech now. Choose a side. Soros is proud of you,” Jones said via text, which also included a Chinese flag emoji.