Apple removes InfoWars and Alex Jones podcasts

Evarado Alatorre
Agosto 9, 2018

Apple has also removed Jones and several of his shows from its Podcasts app, while video site YouTube has also removed specific pieces content from Jones, however, his official channel on the site remains active.

BuzzFeed earlier reported that Apple had removed the library for five of Jones's six Infowars podcasts, including the shows "War Room" and the daily "The Alex Jones Show". "When users violate these policies repeatedly, like our policies against hate speech and harassment or our terms prohibiting circumvention of our enforcement measures, we terminate their accounts".

Apple said Jones' podcasts that violated its guidelines were removed from its directory "making them no longer searchable or available for download or streaming".

Separately, Facebook said it had removed four pages operated by Jones and Infowars after receiving new complaints about their content.

Also in July, YouTube slapped Jones" channel with a "community strike, ' blocking him from broadcasting live on the site for 90 days. "And if you make the fact we need an Internet Bill of Rights, and antitrust-busting on these companies, if they don't back off right now", Jones said.

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Some of his conspiracy theories include the USA government staging the 9/11 attacks in NY and Washington, and the idea that the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre was faked by the left-wing to promote gun control.

Jones says his shows, which are broadcast on radio, YouTube and other platforms reach upwards of 70 million people per week. The company announced that "The Alex Jones Show" podcast was banned from the platform.

An Apple spokesperson was not available for comment. Parents of some of the slain children are suing Jones.

A spokesperson for Twitter said Infowars is not in violation of Twitter and Periscope rules and noted that replies to Jones are often filled with people rebutting what he is saying in real-time. "If you post something that goes against our standards, which cover things like hate speech that attacks or dehumanizes others, we will remove it from Facebook".

Each social media platform said Monday that it had removed content from Jones or InfoWars because it had violated their policies. "If they continue, we may temporarily block their account, which restricts their ability to post on Facebook, or remove it all together". Apple moved first to stop showing results for his podcasts - save one - from appearing in the iTunes library, then Facebook and YouTube chose to remove the main InfoWars pages from their sites. Spotify and Stitcher too have confirmed it has done away with Jones' podcasts from their respective platforms.

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