Apple joins clampdown on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

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Apple joins clampdown on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

Spotify and Apple removed the InfoWars podcast from their streaming services, though a number of InfoWars apps are still available for download on the Apple store.

Jones did not respond to a request for comment on Monday.

On Monday, Facebook followed suit by deleting some of the pages hosted by Infowars.

Apple have removed shows involving Alex Jones from its podcast directory, the most significant blow yet to one of the world's most notorious conspiracy theorists and a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump.

Facebook removed four Infowars videos and suspended Jones for 30 days last month after posting videos that violated its standards.

In the wake of these bans, Jones quickly took to a live video stream, available at Infowars.com as well as on Twitter, to denounce the technology giants banning him from these platforms.

Among the conspiracy theories Jones has peddled are charges that the USA government was behind numerous terrorist attacks, including the September 11, 2001 strikes on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Twitter is on fire with debate over nearly simultaneous decisions by Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify to take action against controversial right-wing YouTube host Alex Jones' and his InfoWars channel citing "hate speech".

The company said it does not "tolerate hate speech," adding that creators that violate its guidelines will be punished.

Apple has removed five of six Infowars podcasts from its iTunes and Podcast apps for violating its hate speech guidelines.

YouTube, which is owned by Google, issued a strike against Jones in July and removed four of his videos, removed top channels associated with InfoWars on Monday, including The Alex Jones Channel, which has almost 2.5 million subscribers. At the time, the company hinted Jones and Infowars were "close to being unpublished given recent community standards violations".

Paul Joseph Watson, an editor-at-large for Infowars, said on Twitter that Facebook's move was "political censorship" and "a culture war".

Conspiracy theorist and online troll Alex Jones got more bad news on Monday as YouTube banned Jones' channel on YouTube. At least, that's what his lawyer told a judge when Jones was embroiled in a custody battle with his ex-wife a year ago.

Facebook had faced criticism and scrutiny for allowing Jones to remain on the site, despite his promotion of conspiracy theories that the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting was staged and that survivors of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting were "crisis actors".

"What we are witnessing is an ideological purge meant to re-define the very concept of free speech", InfoWars editor-at-large Paul Joseph Watson wrote.

Apple and Spotfiy told BuzzFeed News they also removed content for hate speech violations.

"We take reports of hate content seriously and review any podcast episode or song that is flagged by our community", a representative said Monday.

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