Apple remove podcasts by Infowars' notorious host Alex Jones

Marsha Scott
August 7, 2018

Following Apple's removal of five Alex Jones/Infowars podcasts, Spotify following suit and Facebook removing four Infowars pages from the site, YouTube also appears to have now fully kicked him off its platform.

'Spotify can confirm it has removed specific episodes of 'The Alex Jones Show´ podcast for violating our hate content policy, ' a spokesperson said late Sunday.

Facebook has removed four pages for Infowars and its founder, right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, citing violations of its hate speech and bullying policies.

"When users violate these policies repeatedly, like our policies against hate speech and harassment or our terms prohibiting circumvention of our enforcement measures, we terminate their accounts", the company said in an email.

Jones - a conservative radio host - is known to tout conspiracy theories, including claims the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a hoax.

The move followed a severe backlash on social media that saw Spotify subscribers threaten to ditch their accounts after the streaming service continued to host Jones" "Infowars' podcast despite blocks from other services.

Facebook, which is aiming to address the issue of fake news spreading across its platform, said the violations levied against Jones were not about the veracity of the content. Facebook said the page administrators would be able to appeal its decision.

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iTunes was not the only way Jones distributed his podcasts, but BuzzFeed reported that Apple's platform is the largest podcast index on the Internet. All four companies stated that Jones' inflammatory statements about Muslims, immigrants, members of the LGBT community, and other groups violated their terms of service.

Rather than some shadowy Illuminati figures orchestrating the whole shut down of Alex Jones, activists had actually been lobbying tech platforms to cut ties with Alex Jones and InfoWars. Those taken down include War Room and The Alex Jones Show daily podcast. Infowars responded by accusing the companies of censorship. Several families affected by the shooting, and an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who responded to the attack, have sued Jones for defamation.

Apple's move comes on the heels of actions taken by other sites to rein in Jones.

Earlier the same year, Jones made headlines for saying that "the Jewish mafia" was supporting efforts by moderate Republicans to "derail the Trump presidency".

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 the national election this fall.

"While the nation recoiled at the bad reality of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Alex Jones saw an opportunity", said attorney Josh Koskoff, who is representing the families.

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