Apple, Facebook, and Spotify shut down Infowars' Alex Jones

Apple drops Infowars and other podcasts from iTunes

Apple removes podcasts by Infowars' Alex Jones

In a blog post Monday the social network said it removed four of Jones's pages for violating its community standards.

Apple, Facebook, and Spotify have removed the work of Alex Jones from their platforms in a sweeping crackdown on the popular conspiracy theorist.

In a statement to Buzzfeed, Apple said it took down Jones' content because the company doesn't "tolerate hate speech". "We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions", an Apple spokesperson said in a statement to TechCrunch.

Only one programme provided by InfoWars, "RealNews with David Knight" remained on Apple's platforms at the time of publication.

On Monday, Facebook said: "We have taken it down for glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanising language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies".

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Last week Spotify removed several episodes of "The Alex Jones Show", following similar moves by YouTube and Facebook the week before. Among the theories he has promoted is that the September 11, 2001, attacks on NY and Washington were staged by the government. "If they don't appeal or their appeal fails, we remove the page", it said. Apple confirmed in the early hours of the morning that it has removed five different podcasts recorded and distributed by Alex Jones and his website InfoWars. The shooting killed 26 children and adults at the elementary school in CT. A Spotify spokesperson told BuzzFeed that the company's hate content policy prohibits anything that "expressly and principally promotes, advocates, or incites hatred or violence against a group or individual based on characteristics". It also suspended the personal profile of Jones.

Infowars did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The free app, released in July 2018, provides the ability to live-stream Infowars shows including Real News, The Alex Jones Show and War Room and access articles.

Jones has also promoted a theory that the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre was faked by left-wing forces to promote gun control. Last week it removed just some specific programs. "While much of the discussion around Infowars has been related to false news, which is a serious issue that we are working to address by demoting links marked wrong by fact checkers and suggesting additional content, none of the violations that spurred today's removals were related to this", it said.

'Alex Jones has been responsible for harassing parents of Sandy Hook children, Vegas shooting victims and threatening to kill the Special Counsel.

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