Apple removes most of Alex Jones's podcasts from iTunes

Apple removes podcasts by Infowars' Alex Jones

Apple remove podcasts by Infowars' notorious host Alex Jones

Apple has removed the American conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from its podcast directory, in the most significant move yet by a major technology company against the broadcaster.

Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist and his show, Infowars, has been banned from several forums, including Facebook and Spotify, and Youtube has just been added to the list.

Earlier this summer, Google's YouTube site suspended Jones' content for 90 days because it violated its graphic content policy.

The development comes amid a crackdown on the broadcaster's material by online platforms - like Facebook - which have removed some of his content.

In July, YouTube removed four videos from Mr Jones' channel, which has more than 2.4 million followers. Jones has said that he was acting as a journalist and that his speech is protected.

On his show, InfoWars, he peddles conspiracy theories, ranging from claiming the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in 2012 was staged by the government to stating the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack was an "inside job". "But hope shines eternal in the human breast, and for Alex Jones that breast was starting to look a lot like Pinterest".

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Over the past few weeks, tech giants have faced calls to remove Info Wars content including podcasts, videos and articles.

YouTube previously banned livestream videos from Jones for three months that contained hate speech against Muslims and transgender people and another video that included an instance of child endangerment late last month. "When users violate these policies repeatedly, like our policies against hate speech and harassment or our terms prohibiting circumvention of our enforcement measures, we terminate their accounts".

Facebook said the four pages - "the Alex Jones Channel Page, the Alex Jones Page, the Infowars Page and the Infowars Nightly News Page" - had been removed "for repeated violations of Community Standards and accumulating too many strikes". Jones has been widely criticized for promoting untrue, virulent hypotheses about tragic events like the 2001 terrorist attacks on World Trade Center in NY that killed almost 3,000 people and the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in CT that killed 26 students and staff.

Another one of the big five tech companies has turned on Alex Jones.

While the moves will be devastating to Jones' network, he still has his own site to publish content and will now likely venture into other social networks which espouse free speech as we've seen others do in the past.

In a statement to BuzzFeed, Apple said it "does not tolerate hate speech". The company said the removal of the four pages on Monday was unrelated. "We take reports of hate content seriously and review any podcast episode or song that is flagged by our community", the company said in a statement to The Post.

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