Apple Removes Alex Jones, Infowars From iTunes And Podcast Apps

Most of Info Wars and Alex Jones' podcasts have been given the boot on iTunes

Most of Info Wars and Alex Jones' podcasts have been given the boot

Facebook has removed the following InfoWars pages from their platform: the Alex Jones Channel Page, the Alex Jones Page, the Infowars Page and the Infowars Nightly News Page.

Soon after Apple shut down Jones, Facebook published a blog announcing it had removed four pages belonging to the presenter. "We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions", an Apple spokesperson said in a statement to TechCrunch.

Sleeping Giants, a group which advocates for companies to stop funding bigotry and sexism, said in a tweet that Apple deserved "massive kudos. for doing what most tech companies have so far refused to do".

The company said that when it deletes content, the removal counts as a strike against the person that uploaded it.

Apple has removed Alex Jones and Infowars podcasts from its iTunes and Podcast apps, BuzzFeed reported Sunday night.

Apple has dropped episodes of a controversial podcast run by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones (file photo), following similar bans by Spotify, Facebook and YouTube.

Those have been pulled from the iTunes directory, making them no longer searchable or available for download or streaming. In particular, Facebook has struggled with criticism from the public and the media over its fake news policies and refusing to outright ban Infowars in the past month.

Jones remains on YouTube, where he has almost 2.5 million subscribers.

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Last week, Spotify removed some of Jones' Infowars podcasts, saying they contained hate speech.

The pages include one for Jones' flagship radio show InfoWars as well as his fan page.

It's unclear exactly how many episodes were ditched, although the vast majority of content created by Jones remains available to Spotify users.

"More content from the same pages has been reported to us - upon review, we have taken it down for glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanising language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies", a Facebook spokesperson told The Guardian.

In response to Apple's decision, Jones probably issued an angry statement of some sort, but we have no interest in visiting his website to find out what it was. It welcomed the company's decision on Twitter.

Jones is now being sued in Texas by two Sandy Hook parents, seeking at least US$1 million, claiming that they have been the subject of harassment driven by his programs.

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