Alex Jones Booted From YouTube, Facebook, Spotify, Apple

Apple Removes Podcasts Of Man Who Said September 11 Attacks Were Staged

Apple removes podcasts by Infowars' Alex Jones

BuzzFeed News reported Sunday that Apple has taken down all episodes of five of Infowars' six podcasts from its iTunes and Podcast apps, citing violations of the company's hate-speech guidelines. "Podcasts that violate these guidelines are removed from our directory making them no longer searchable or available for download or streaming".

Jones has propagated the theory that the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting and the Oklahoma City bomb were government hoaxes.

YouTube and Facebook shut down Alex Jones on their platforms Monday, the latest in a growing crackdown from social media platforms on the controversial radio host.

And later on Monday, YouTube removed Jones and Infowars' channels from the video sharing service, with some pages labelled with the declaration the account was terminated for violations of community guidelines. "Social media shouldn't be in the business of political censorship".

Jones is verified on Twitter, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment about whether Jones has violated any of the site's policies. "It's why we have Community Standards and remove anything that violates them, including hate speech that attacks or dehumanizes others".

Twitter told ABC News on Monday that Jones is now not in violation of the company's policies.

"Facebook has permanently BANNED Infowars", Watson tweeted. The decision to completely pull the other shows, including "The Alex Jones Show" and "War Room", represents a broader effort than those made by other companies in recent days to stop disseminating material associated with Jones, whom the Southern Poverty Law Center calls "the most prolific conspiracy theorist in contemporary America".

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YouTube said in a statement that when users violate its policies against hate speech and harassment, "we terminate their accounts".

Alex Jones just lost a few big platforms for promulgating his conspiracy theories.

Spotify, the streaming music online service, had already removed a number of Jones' podcasts last week, accusing them of breaking its own hate-speech rules.

"You're on the wrong side of history mainstream media", Jones said in a text message to The Post. Also per CNET, "Jones has been widely criticized for promoting untrue, virulent hypotheses about tragic events like the 2001 terrorist attacks on World Trade Center in NY that killed almost 3,000 people and the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in CT that killed 26 students and staff".

Update 11:27am CT, Aug. 6: As of Monday afternoon, the channels for the "Alex Jones Channel" and InfoWars appear to have been taken down. Twitter, long a hub for neo-Nazis, seems as though it would be hesitant to ban Jones from the site, but never say never.

"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.

"We take reports of hate content seriously and review any podcast episode or song that is flagged by our community", a Spotify spokesperson told ABC News on Monday.

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