Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Apple, Spotify, Facebook, & YouTube Delete Far-Right Reporter Alex Jones' Podcasts

Apple, Spotify, Facebook, & YouTube Delete Far-Right Reporter Alex Jones' Podcasts

Just over a week after Facebook suspended Jones from their platforms and YouTube and Spotify removed a number of his InfoWars videos and podcasts that violated their policies against hate speech, Apple has followed suit.

The pages violated Facebook's hate speech, bullying and graphic violence policies, Facebook said, noting that since last week it had taken down material from the pages for "glorifying violence".

As such, Monday morning saw Apple, Spotify, and Facebook remove his podcasts and pages from their content rosters while citing hate speech violations. "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 cumulative actions represent the largest efforts yet against Jones, a conspiracy theorist who most famously promoted the idea the 2012 Sandy Hook elementary school shooting never happened and was staged. Twitter, which hasn't banned Jones, has also faced similar calls.

It's the latest move by a big digital-media platform to stop distributing the right-wing conspiracy website's content, which has been a high-profile test case of how Silicon Valley is grappling with the problem of dealing with inflammatory content and misinformation.

Apple has also removed Infowars podcasts from its apps.

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.

On Monday, Spotify told the BBC that it too had removed The Alex Jones Show from its podcast listings. The company said the removal of the four pages on Monday was unrelated.

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Facebook isn't alone in pulling content from Jones and Infowars.

YouTube and Facebook had previously warned Jones and Infowars that they were accumulating "strikes" by violating the services' community standards. But the company did not give specifics on Jones or Infowars.

And as of Monday, Alex Jones's channel was not available on YouTube, with a notice that the account "has been terminated for violating YouTube's Community Guidelines".

Jones did not return a request for comment.

This is the most significant blow yet to both Alex Jones and Infowars, the broadcaster which airs his far right conspiracy theories.

He was sued for defamation by families of some of the children killed in that attack, which left 20 children and six adults dead.

"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 Alex Jones channel began to accumulate strikes after posting clips in which it argued the February 14 shooting at a Florida high school involved survivors described as "crisis actors".

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