Facebook Finally Bans Alex Jones And InfoWars

Gerald Bowen
August 6, 2018

"I can confirm that Spotify has removed the "Alex Jones Show" - Infowars", a spokeswoman 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.

As of early Monday, just one of the six Infowars programs once listed by Apple remained, RealNews with David Knight. "Podcasts that violate these guidelines are removed from our directory making them no longer searchable or available for download or streaming. 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.

Apple said in a statement that it "does not tolerate hate speech".

The social media platform said in a statement Monday that it had "unpublished" the Alex Jones Channel Page, the Alex Jones Page, the InfoWars Page and the Infowars Nightly News Page.

The move by Apple is the most sweeping of a recent crackdown on Jones's programmes by online sites. Jones, who is the administrator of the pages, was placed on a 30-day block, Facebook said. Among the theories he has promoted is that the 9/11 attacks on NY and Washington were staged by the government.

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He has also promoted a theory that the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre was faked by left-wing forces to promote gun control. The shooting killed 26 children and adults at the elementary school in CT.

InfoWars did not immediately respond to a request for comment sent outside business hours. 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.

Alex Jones is a controversial radio and podcast host based in Austin, Texas.

Spotify, a music and podcast streaming company, followed suit last week when it removed some specific episodes of Jones's programmes.

Founded in 1999 and often described as "actually only a tiny bit worse than Fox News", InfoWars has over the years gained a large following among far right conservatives.

Some of Infowars notorious assertions have included claiming that 9/11 was perpetrated by "globalists" in the U.S. 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. "Last week, we asked @Applehow the harassment of Sandy Hook parents and Vegas shooting victims didn't violate their Terms of Service".

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