Apple joins clampdown on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

Apple joins clampdown on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

Apple has wiped iTunes and its podcasting app virtually clean of content by Alex Jones, in one of the most aggressive moves by technology companies and streaming services against the conspiracy theorist and owner of the right-wing media platform Infowars.

In a statement to BuzzFeed, Apple confirmed it had also removed Jones' podcast for violating its guidelines on hate speech.

In addition, over the weekend, Spotify removed all episodes of "The Alex Jones Show" from its service after initially pulling just four segments last week.

Jones had received a strike on his YouTube channel on July 24 after he posted four videos that violated the site's policies against child endangerment and hate speech, according to the story by The Verge. "It's not just a slippery slope, it's a unsafe cliff that these social media companies are jumping off to satisfy CNN and other liberal outlets".

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).

Alex Jones' day of reckoning continues.

Alphabet and Apple did not immediately respond to questions about why the app remained available on their platforms.

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

"We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions", Facebook wrote in a statement.

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.

A strong stand by Apple, to take down five InfoWars podcasts available on iTunes.

Spotify, a music and podcast streaming company, followed suit last week when it removed some specific episodes of Jones's programmes. But he continued to regularly appear on Facebook after the suspension, showing up in livestreams hosted by other accounts, and even making first-person posts to his personal page, by publishing them using the accounts of other administrators in Infowars. Facebook was clear in its statement, however, that the reason for its crackdown on Jones' accounts was due to hate-speech violations, not false statements. Google and Facebook said they have removed four videos each.

Each social media platform said Monday that it had removed content from Jones or InfoWars because it had violated their policies. "If that person is also the admin of a Facebook Page, the block prevents them from posting to the Page".

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