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Apple removes most of U.S. conspiracy theorist's podcasts from iTunes

06 August 2018

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

UPDATE: Aug. 6, 2018, 12:15 p.m. BST Spotify confirmed to Mashable that it has removed The Alex Jones Show - Infowars. 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.

Apple removed most of Infowars' podcasts from iTunes, Facebook banned four pages run by Alex Jones, and Spotify removed Jones' show in a multi-platform crackdown on the conspiracy theorist and his popular website.

In the latest round of online backlash against far-right conspiracist Alex Jones, Apple removed all Jones and Infowars podcasts from its iTunes and Podcast applications, Buzzfeed reported. Five of the six podcasts that Infowars creates will no longer be available for download or streaming, including the daily Alex Jones Show podcast.

Podcasting service Stitcher also said it removed Jones' shows from its platforms.

Neither Jones nor a representative for Infowars were available for comment early on Monday.

Jones remains on YouTube, where he has almost 2.5 million subscribers. It has suggested that the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax, and that the September 11 terrorist attacks were an inside job orchestrated by the United States government.

He has also promoted a theory that the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre was faked by left-wing forces to promote gun control. However, Facebook said that wasn't why it banned InfoWars and Jones.

The shooting left 26 children and adults dead at a CT elementary school.

"We take reports of hate content seriously and review any podcast episode or song that is flagged by our community", a spokesperson said late on Sunday.

Also in July, YouTube slapped Jones" channel with a "community strike, ' blocking him from broadcasting live on the site for 90 days. Spotify took down several episodes of the show last week.

Some of Infowars notorious assertions have included claiming that 9/11 was perpetrated by "globalists" in the USA government; that the deadly mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 was a hoax; and that David Hogg, one of the students who survived the February 2018 shooting massacre in Parkland, Florida, was a paid actor.

And YouTube recently took down four videos from Jones' channel, saying they violated its policies on hate speech and child endangerment.

Apple removes most of U.S. conspiracy theorist's podcasts from iTunes