Apple, Spotify, Facebook and YouTube Remove all Content by Alex Jones

Apple, Spotify, Facebook and YouTube Remove all Content by Alex Jones

Apple, Spotify, Facebook and YouTube Remove all Content by Alex Jones

Other platforms such as Facebook, YouTube and Spotify have taken down individual pieces of content from Jones and Infowars but shied away from imposing an outright ban on the controversial Texan.

For now, Apple is still hosting one Infowars show - Real News with David Knight, it's not clear why this was unaffected.

Jones did not respond to a request for comment on Monday.

"The establishment is making its move against free speech here in America", Jones said afterward, adding on Twitter "What conservative news outlet will be next?"

Apple also removed the majority of Infowars' podcasts from its iTunes and Podcast apps, citing violations of hate speech guidelines.

Facebook confirmed the banning in a blog post, saying the four InfoWars pages were targeted due to "repeated violations of Community Standards and accumulating too many strikes".

Alex Jones - conspiracy theorist extraordinaire and founder of right-wing media platform Infowars - has fallen foul of a number of companies' policies recently, and Apple is the latest to take exception to his output. It also banned Jones' profile from posting to the social network for 30 days. "When something is rated as false, those stories are ranked significantly lower in News Feed, cutting future views by more than 80 percent", the company statement said.

Five of the six InfoWars-related shows are no longer available on iTunes, with all episodes removed.

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In a swiftly growing movement that will sharply impact his reach, media giants including Facebook, Apple and Youtube shut down pages associated with Alex Jones, a conspiracy theorist who has repeatedly claimed that the deadly mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School was a hoax.

YouTube said it had "long-standing policies against child endangerment and hate speech" but InfoWars claimed the the videos had been deleted because they were "critical of liberalism".

Jones was hit with a defamation lawsuit in April over his claim that the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in CT ― where a shooter killed 20 small children and six adults ― was faked. The pages were removed "for glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies", Facebook said in a release.

The company said that more content from the pages had since been reported, and it had made a decision to remove them for "repeated violations of community standards and accumulating too many strikes".

"What we are witnessing is an ideological purge meant to re-define the very concept of free speech", InfoWars editor-at-large Paul Joseph Watson wrote.

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.

Apple pointed Business Insider to the statement it provided BuzzFeed, in which it said that it notified Jones of its plans to pull the podcasts under its hate speech guidelines.

In announcing Monday's total ban, a Spotify spokesperson said in a statement to NPR, "We take reports of hate content seriously and review any podcast episode or song that is flagged by our community".

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