Facebook removes 4 pages from InfoWars and Alex Jones

Facebook removes 4 pages from InfoWars and Alex Jones

Facebook removes 4 pages from InfoWars and Alex Jones

Facebook Inc announced on Monday that it had removed four pages belonging to US conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for "repeatedly posting content over the past several days" that breaks its community standards.

Apple has removed hundreds of podcasts by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his InfoWars brand from its iTunes and Podcasts apps.

In a statement to Buzzfeed, Apple said it took down Jones' content because the company doesn't "tolerate hate speech".

Those have been pulled from the iTunes 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.

Only one Infowars show - Real News with David Knight - remains accessible. Last week, Spotify removed some of Jones' Infowars podcasts, saying they contained hate speech.

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Mr Jones has been widely criticised for repeating conspiracy theories that the 9/11 attacks in NY were staged by the U.S. government. Facebook previously erased four videos hosted by these pages.

Apple's decision to remove all of Alex Jones' podcasts is the broadest action taken against him online.

The shooting left 26 children and adults dead at a CT elementary school. 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".

Neither Jones nor a representative for Infowars were available for comment early on Monday.

He has also promoted a theory that the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre was faked by left-wing forces to promote gun control.

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YouTube, which is dealing with its own fake news problem, recently hit Jones and InfoWars with a second "strike", but the man and his show have not been banned yet from their service.

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.

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

"We take reports of hate content seriously and review any podcast episode or song that is flagged by our community", a representative said Monday.

'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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