Apple remove podcasts by Infowars' notorious host Alex Jones

Infowars’ host Alex Jones

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Apple removed most of Infowars' podcasts from iTunes, Facebook banned four pages run by Alex Jones, and Spotify removed Jones' show in a multi-platform crackdown on the conspiracy theorist and his popular website.

The move comes shortly after Apple and Spotify took down Jones' podcasts.

Of course, given how Facebook has struggled against fake news being spread on its platform, it's noteworthy that wasn't one of the reasons that Jones, a man who said the Sandy Hook shootings were faked and pushed the #Pizzagate conspiracy, was banned.

"Upon review, 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", the statement said in part.

Rather, today's bans were due to violations of its community standards policies and its "strike system."For people, including Page admins, the effects of a strike vary depending on the severity of the violation and a person's history on Facebook", it wrote".

Now let's see how long this lasts.

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Early Monday Spotify hardened its stance against Jones.

"Apple does not tolerate hate speech, and we have clear guidelines that creators and developers must follow to ensure we provide a safe environment for all of our users", an Apple spokesperson told BuzzFeed.

In other recent actions against Jones, Facebook suspended his personal profile from the site for 30 days in late July for what the company said was bullying and hate speech.

The more sweeping action taken by Apple shows how companies have responded differently to the task of regulating false information and hate speech while remaining a neutral platform. Those claims have resulted in harassment directed at Sandy Hook families and supporters. "If they don't appeal or their appeal fails, we remove the page", it said. "I can confirm that Spotify has removed the "Alex Jones Show" - Infowars", a spokeswoman said. Last week it removed just some specific programs.

Perhaps the tech companies that have continued to give Jones' risky rhetoric and conspiracies a platform finally got a shove when Jones' own attorney, defending the host against a lawsuit brought by parents of victims in the Sandy Hook school shooting, said "no reasonable reader or listener" would actually believe Jones' nonsense.

Paul Joseph Watson, an editor-at-large for Infowars, said on Twitter that Facebook's move was "political censorship" and "a culture war".

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