Apple, Facebook and Spotify remove Alex Jones content

Apple, Facebook and Spotify remove Alex Jones content

Apple, Facebook and Spotify remove Alex Jones content

Facebook said in a blog post on Monday that it was banning four of the pages belonging to Infowars founder Alex Jones for repeatedly uploading content in breach of the social network's community standards.

This is the most significant blow yet to both Alex Jones and Infowars, the broadcaster which airs his far right conspiracy theories.

Those have been pulled from the iTunes directory, making them no longer searchable or available for download or streaming. "We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions".

Other platforms such as Facebook, YouTube and Spotify have taken down individual pieces of content from Jones and Infowars but shied away from imposing an outright ban on the controversial Texan.

The ban follows the removal of a handful of videos from those pages which also landed Jones in a 30-day timeout from Facebook.

'Spotify can confirm it has removed specific episodes of 'The Alex Jones Show´ podcast for violating our hate content policy, ' a spokesperson said late Sunday.

Mr Jones has been widely criticised for repeating conspiracy theories that the 9/11 attacks in NY were staged by the U.S. government.

Facebook (FB) removed four videos from the pages last week after determining that they violated its hate speech and bullying policies.

In a statement to The Washington Post, Apple confirmed its decision to remove Jones' shows from its directory, a move first reported by BuzzFeed. He is also a proponent of the "Pizzagate" conspiracy theory, claims Stoneman Douglas survivor David Hogg is a crisis actor, and says NFL players protesting during the National Anthem are "kneeling to white genocide" and violence against whites. The shooting killed 26 children and adults at the elementary school in CT.

Neither Jones nor a representative for InfoWars were available early on Monday for comment.

Apple said in a statement that it "does not tolerate hate speech". The free app, released in July 2018, provides the ability to live-stream Infowars shows including Real News, The Alex Jones Show and War Room and access articles.

Among his claims is that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting, which left 20 children and six adults dead, was a hoax.

"While much of the discussion around Infowars has been related to false news, which is a serious issue that we are working to address by demoting links marked wrong by fact checkers and suggesting additional content, none of the violations that spurred today's removals were related to this". Families of Sandy Hook victims have filed lawsuits against Jones for defamation.

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