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Apple removes conspiracy theory personality Alex Jones from iTunes over hate speech

Apple removes conspiracy theory personality Alex Jones from iTunes over hate speech

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". Over the past several days, Apple, YouTube and Spotify have also removed material published by Jones.

Jones has also claimed that the September 11, 2001 attacks on NY and Washington were staged by the U.S. government.

Facebook removed four videos posted by Jones last week for violating hate speech and bullying polices.

Alex Jones and Infowars also didn't immediately respond to requests for comment. Jones was out in full force on Twitter today, publishing one video after another about his removal from Apple, Google, and YouTube.

Mr. Watson likened American news outlets and social media outlets to the Russian and Chinese governments and accused them of censorship.

Although Infowars promotes some conspiracy theories that are far outside the mainstream - for example, that 9/11 was actually orchestrated by the US government - it also reports on current events just as other media do. Jones is now facing several defamation suits stemming from his claims that school shootings like the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre and this year's Parkland shooting were "false flag" operations put on by left-wing forces in order to drum up support for gun control policies. They also placed a temporary ban on postings to Jones' personal page. Youtube removed four videos from their platform July 25.

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InfoWars is notorious for spreading demonstrably false information and conspiracy theories on a host of issues.

A representative for Apple could not be reached for further comment, but Infowars-branded podcasts like The Alex Jones Show and War Room are now inaccessible via iTunes. Entering the web addresses for specific shows brought up a notice that the content is not available.

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.

Spotify, YouTube, and Facebook have all only removed several individual broadcasts by Jones.

Infowars editor Paul Joseph Watson responded in an August 6 article, saying that the companies "all banned Infowars within 12 hours of each other, illustrating how last night's purge was a coordinated effort and has nothing to do with these platforms enforcing "hate speech" rules". Online sentiment had been building against Spotify for days after subscribers found the episodes' listing on the service. It's unclear how the latest bans have affected his reach.

"Consistent with our existing policies, we take action against accounts that repeatedly save content that could lead to harm", a Pinterest spokesperson said in an email statement. According to Facebook's policy, admins can appeal the decision.

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Hankes added that he is "not surprised" that Twitter continues to allow Jones on its platform. Families of Sandy Hook victims have filed lawsuits against Jones for defamation.

He went on to suggest that his being banned from the platforms is part of a liberal conspiracy to shut out conservative voices from the internet ahead of the next presidential election. It already has a place in the top 50 free news apps rankings, with a 4.9 star rating and 2,630 reviews.

Brent Bozell, the president of the nonprofit Media Research Council, whose stated mission is to "to expose and neutralize the propaganda arm of the Left: the national news media", called the crackdown in Infowars a "slippery slope".

It said in a statement that it "does not tolerate hate speech".

The only person in the media who was fighting to keep us safe from a global conspiracy run by the elites has now been silenced on the major social networks.

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