Apple confirms removal of InfoWars and Alex Jones podcasts from iTunes

Apple drops Infowars and other podcasts from iTunes

Apple removes podcasts by Infowars' Alex Jones

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

Apple, Facebook, and Spotify have removed the work of Alex Jones from their platforms in a sweeping crackdown on the popular conspiracy theorist.

As for today's news from Apple, the company has removed five of InfoWars' six podcasts from its directories. About 100 episodes of Infowars news-recap podcast RealNews With David Knight that remain available on iTunes.

"We have taken it down 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 statement.

Spotify also took action on Monday, The Guardian reported, removing every episode of The Alex Jones Show. It has suggested that the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax, and that the September 11 terrorist attacks were an inside job orchestrated by the United States government.

Jones has not directly addressed the elimination of his content on these platforms, but did retweet a few people, including InfoWars employee Paul Joseph Watson, who criticized the move as an attack on free speech. Apple's decision to drop Jones is just the latest in a series of actions to censor Jones.

Jones has been widely criticized for promoting conspiracy theories surrounding the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in NY and the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in CT.

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

Neither Jones nor a representative for Infowars was available for comment.

Also in July, YouTube slapped Jones" channel with a "community strike, ' blocking him from broadcasting live on the site for 90 days.

While he began broadcasting his shows in 1999, Jones' profile has spread from the far-right fringe in recent years. 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". Those claims have resulted in harassment directed at Sandy Hook families and supporters.

Spotify, which is the second-largest platform, said in a statement last week that it had removed "specific episodes. for violating our hate content policy".

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