Apple says it's monitoring Infowars app

Apple says it's monitoring Infowars app

"It is incredibly hard to get podcasts hosted on Spotify", the tweet stated alongside a screengrab of the show's episodes, hosted by its alt-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

As we've covered, Alex Jones has been getting shown the door by a number of platforms over the last few days.

Dorsey's comments came the day after he announced that he would not take down Jones' personal account or his Infowars account ― even though almost every other major social media platform did so in recent days. The show, for example has famously spread misinformation about the Sandy Hook school shooting, claiming it never happened.

While Infowars and its sympathizers have claimed censorship following the actions of YouTube, Facebook, Apple and others, all internet-content platforms specifically reserve the right to suspend users or delete content found to be in violation of their guidelines. "And we'll continue to promote a healthy conversational environment by ensuring tweets aren't artificially amplified", Dorsey said in a series of tweets on Tuesday.

"There might be violent extremist groups that try to get onto our service, and we take that into consideration".

The moves by Apple, Facebook and YouTube shut down key distribution channels that had given Jones easy access to millions of internet users.

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"If we succumb and simply react to outside pressure, rather than straightforward principles we enforce (and evolve) impartially regardless of political viewpoints, we become a service that's constructed by our personal views that can swing in any direction", Jack writes.

Jones is now facing a raft of defamation lawsuits, including multiple suits from the families of Sandy Hook victims.

Jones has responded to the ban by calling it "21st-century warfare", and an attack on his right to free speech.

Jones has also targeted eight other Sandy Hook families in the same way. He added that Infowars had "not violated something that would result in them being taken down".

At the same time, we're learning more and more about how digital platforms were used as tools to spread false information and influence both the 2016 USA presidential election and the UK Brexit referendum. It's also possible that InfoWars itself is removing the videos as a way of avoiding a full Twitter suspension.

"The truth is that there are only a few companies that control the majority of mainstream internet platforms, and when they all act in unison - at the same time - that could lead to more conspiracy theories".

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