Apple Removes Alex Jones Podcast from iTunes, Apps

Apple drops Infowars and other podcasts from iTunes

Apple removes podcasts by Infowars' Alex Jones

Additionally, the site notes that the suspension was at least in part due to Jones and InfoWars' efforts to circumvent the live-streaming ban that YouTube put in place last week. "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", the company said in a statement on Monday.

Apple deleted most Infowars podcasts and a spokeswoman said in a statement that the company "does not tolerate hate speech" and publishes guidelines that developers and publishers must follow.

Major tech platforms have incrementally been pushing content from controversial broadcaster Alex Jones, founder of the conspiracy-peddling site Infowars, off of their services.

Technology companies Apple and Facebook have deleted content belonging to U.S. far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from their platforms, alleging hate speech, glorified violence and other violations of policies.

YouTube just became the latest platform to remove Jones' account for violating its policies. Jones, who faces several defamation lawsuits arising from his claim that the mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School was a hoax, argues that his statements are protected speech.

Jones faces defamation lawsuits filed by the families of the Sandy Hook victims in Texas and another filed in CT that included an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent as a plaintiff.

Reacting to the measures, Jones said on Twitter: "We've been banned completely from Facebook, Apple and Spotify".

"As long as Infowars was removed for actual violations of their policies, "good riddance", said Jason Kint, the chief executive of a trade group for online news publications, Digital Content Next".

Oh, and Jones also took the opportunity to ask his audience to give him money and buy his website's quack merch.

Jones had been warned that repeated violations of Facebook's community standards would result in having his pages unpublished. "We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions".

For now, Apple is still hosting one Infowars show - Real News with David Knight, it's not clear why this was unaffected. On Monday, the Swedish company went a step further and banned his program altogether.

Former UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage tweeted that Jones was "the victim today of collusion by the big tech giants".

The firm said it removed the entire iTunes library for five of Jones's six InfoWars podcasts, including the shows "War Room" and the daily "The Alex Jones Show".

Spotify was the among the first to take action, removing some of Jones' podcasts on the grounds of hate speech, while Apple announced this week that is was removing Jones from its podcast directory.

Spreading inaccurate information, as Jones does with his conspiracy theories, is not enough to merit a ban from Facebook. At the same time, Facebook has been criticized by conservatives for what they perceive as a liberal bias against conservative outlets.

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