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Apple removes most of Alex Jones's podcasts from iTunes

09 August 2018

Soon after, Spotify removed Jones' podcasts from their platform as well.

Apple late Sunday removed all episodes and links leading to "The Alex Jones Show" and four other Infowars-related podcasts from Apple's iTunes and Podcast apps. "It's why we have Community Standards and remove anything that violates them, including hate speech that attacks or dehumanizes others", Facebook said in an online statement, joining Apple and YouTube in silencing Jones. Last week, YouTube removed four videos posted by Jones and issued a warning that more violations could result in a ban from the video platform.

"A lot of the tech platforms were anxious about taking the first step and now that Apple has made the dive, you're going to see other platforms respond in a reactive way", Dockray said in an interview with Cheddar. At the time, the company hinted Jones and Infowars were "close to being unpublished given recent community standards violations".

But Infowars and Jones have long peddled conspiracy theories, including that the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012 was a hoax.

Facebook said the page administrators would be able to appeal its decision. The company also called Jones a "repeat offender".

Jones reacted Monday to the moves, saying on his Twitter account, "We've been completely banned by Facebook, Apple & Spotify".

He is 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", the company added. As of noon today, CNBC was reporting that the Infowars YouTube channel was still up, although the Alex Jones channels were down.

Facebook said on Monday that four pages belonging to Jones were removed for violating the social network's policy against hate speech.

The entire podcast libraries from Jones' "War Room" and "The Alex Jones Show" have been taken down - rather than just select episodes.

The Alex Jones channel began to accumulate strikes after posting clips in which it argued the February 14 shooting at a Florida high school involved survivors described as "crisis actors".

Spotify had also recently come under pressure for hosting Jones' podcasts.

Each social media platform said Monday that it had removed content from Jones or InfoWars because it had violated their policies.

Facebook and Apple both cited "hate speech" when asked about their own decisions to ban InfoWars channels and pages. He was also flagged for a violation earlier this year for posting a video in which he claimed Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg was a "crisis actor".

Apple removes most of Alex Jones's podcasts from iTunes