Apple removes Alex Jones content from iTunes, podcast platforms

Apple remove podcasts by Infowars' notorious host Alex Jones

Apple remove podcasts by Infowars' notorious host Alex Jones

The entirety of Alex Jones' podcast library, including his popular InfoWars program, has been removed from both Apple's iTunes and Spotify, according to BuzzFeed News.

Jones is known for falsely claiming the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School was staged by actors.

Families of some Sandy Hook victims have sued Jones for defamation, and he now acknowledges that the shooting occurred but says his claims were free speech. He is seeking to have the cases dismissed.

Spotify, the streaming music online service, had already removed a number of Jones' podcasts last week, for breaking its own hate-speech rules. Presumably the re-jiggered apple is meant to evoke the Chinese flag, because the caption underneath it reads "The Alex Jones channel on youtube has been removed as communist style censorship takes hold in America for the first time in modern history". On Monday, Mark Zuckerberg's tech titan upped the ante and removed the episodes permanently.

Jones, known best for his far-right based content site InfoWars, has been in hot water with several social media organizations and streaming sites, who have taken immediate action against his accounts on their platforms.

"In addition, one of the admins of these Pages - Alex Jones - was placed in a 30-day block for his role in posting violating content to these Pages", Facebook said.

The move followed similar decisions by Apple and Spotify, which removed Jones' podcasts shortly before Facebook removed Jones' fan page and the one for his radio show InfoWars on Monday.

The decision to remove the content was confirmed by Apple who issed a statement saying the removal was part of its crackdown on the use of hate speech, which violates its content guidelines.

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"We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions", Facebook wrote in a statement. " Despite removing the content from iTunes and the Podcast app, Apple has allowed the Infowars downloadable app to remain in its App Store".

The Alex Jones, Channel Page, the Alex Jones Page, the InfoWars Page and Infowars Nightly News Page were all unpublished.

If you thought Alex Jones would have a thoughtful, reflective, coherent reaction to the increased stranglehold on his social media accounts, think again.

"Any solution to this problem must start with accountability from companies like Twitter, whose platforms have enormous potential to impact the national conversation - and unfortunately, enormous potential for abuse", McCarthy said in the letter. "Its good to see companies step up when people so flagrantly propagate falsehoods".

The lawsuits name Jones and his associated companies including Infowars, as well as another reporter for Infowars. "They blew it all away in the middle of the night".

It charges Jones and his companies "concoct elaborate and false paranoia-tinged conspiracy theories because it moves product and they make money". Jones a year ago apologized to the restaurant owner.

"I think in some ways the Infowars case reinforces how sensitive tech companies are to conservative concerns", Miller said. He's not a conservative. "For unspecified 'hate speech.' They didn't even tell us what the offending posts were".

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