Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Apple kicks Alex Jones and Infowars podcasts from iTunes

Apple kicks Alex Jones and Infowars podcasts from iTunes

Apple has said all of Alex Jone's podcasts will henceforth be banned from its platform while five of his podcats have also been removed as well.

"When users violate. policies repeatedly, like our policies against hate speech and harassment or our terms prohibiting circumvention of our enforcement measures, we terminate their accounts", said a spokesperson for YouTube.

In a statement to BuzzFeed, Apple said it "does not tolerate hate speech".

Those have been pulled from the iTunes directory, making them no longer searchable or available for download or streaming.

Spotify also told the BBC that it had removed The Alex Jones Show from its podcast listings on Monday. What conservative news outlet will be next?

Facebook said after it blocked those Jones pages, it received more content from the same Pages that was taken down for glorifying violence.

Well known for pushing conspiracy theories, Infowars has not only claimed that Sandy Hook was a hoax, but promoted a theory that the moon landings were "fake" and that the 9/11 attacks were a so-called "false flag" (a covert government operation created to deceive citizens).

The move by Apple and Facebook is the most sweeping of a recent crackdown on Jones's programs by online sites that have suspended or removed some of his conspiracy-driven content.

Conspiracy theorist and radio talk show host Alex Jones speaks during a rally in support of Donald Trump near the Republican National Convention July 18, 2016 in Cleveland.


An Apple spokesperson was not available for comment.

Spotify has also put the brakes on Jones' podcast, says CNBC which adds that Infowars in running out of places to share the theories about Sandy Hook and the Parkland school shooting.

InfoWars podcasts through its advertisements of ineffective wellness supplements and survivalism products geared towards the tin-foil hat community bring in about $18 million a year for Jones.

Rather than some shadowy Illuminati figures orchestrating the whole shut down of Alex Jones, activists had actually been lobbying tech platforms to cut ties with Alex Jones and InfoWars.

Spotify on Monday confirmed it has removed all episodes of The Alex Jones Show, after taking down some selected episodes last week.

"I'd be curious to see if companies become braver and braver in the next few weeks and just start removing more podcasts and more shows because they're jumping in on this together", Dockray said.

Facebook removed the videos and pages last week as a result of reports received.

Facebook had placed Jones, who promoted conspiracy theories about former President Barack Obama and has been sued for workplace discrimination, on a 30-day block for his role as an administrator of the pages.

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