Apple kicks Alex Jones and Infowars podcasts from iTunes

Lester Mason
August 9, 2018

Most of US conspiracy theorist Alex Jones's podcasts from his right-wing media platform Infowars have been removed from Apple's iTunes and podcast apps, the media news website BuzzFeed quoted a company spokesman as saying on Sunday.

Apple, in its content policies, says it reviews app content and search ads, but says nothing about whether it monitors podcast content before making it available through a link to download. "We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions", the company added.

Jones, whose site InfoWars has accused victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting of being "actors" in a plot to discredit the gun lobby, had violated Facebook's hate speech policies, the social network said.

YouTube has removed Infowars and The Alex Jones Channel from its platform, becoming the fourth big tech company to remove Jones' content following mounting public pressure.

And later on Monday, YouTube removed Jones and Infowars' channels from the video sharing service, with some pages labelled with the declaration the account was terminated for violations of community guidelines.

Jones asserted that the media, universities and political operatives are working in concert "against the American people".

In a series of text messages to The Washington Post, Alex Jones called the decisions to remove him from Apple, Facebook and Spotify "a counter-strike against the global awakening".

Jones is verified on Twitter, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment about whether Jones has violated any of the site's policies.

Youtube has clearly stated that Alex Jones has violated their terms of service by spewing hate speech and harassing others, often by name. "Tell folks, 'it's the most censored program for a reason, '" Jones said on Monday.

Facebook has taken down four pages belonging to Jones, including two featuring his "Infowars" show, for violating its hate speech and bullying policies. "When users violate [our] policies repeatedly, like our policies against hate speech and harassment or our terms prohibiting circumvention of our enforcement measures, we terminate their accounts", the Google subsidiary said in a statement. The company announced that "The Alex Jones Show" podcast was banned from the platform.

Spotify also removed the Alex Jones Show from its podcasts.

Infowars editor-at-large Paul Joseph Watson said in a tweet here that the broad take-downs amounted to censorship and were meant to help Democrats in congressional elections due in November.

Apple said it took down the entire library for five of his six podcasts, including the shows War Room and the daily The Alex Jones Show.

Others were less pleased with the decision and said it was nothing more than censorship of conservative and right wing voices, with one user suggesting it amounted to "online apartheid".

The company also said that it had also suspended Jones' personal profile for 30 days for his having posted the offensive content. The lawsuit was heard last week in Texas, with Jones' attorney arguing that his clients' assertions are protected by free speech. Parents of some of the slain children are suing Jones.

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