More Bad News for Alex Jones

This time, his Infowars app is removed from the App Store
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 8, 2018 1:05 PM CDT
In this Sept. 5, 2018, file photo conspiracy theorist Alex Jones speaks outside of the Dirksen building of Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

(Newser) – Silicon Valley thwacked Alex Jones again when Apple permanently yanked his Infowars app from the App Store on Friday, the Verge reports. Apple had no comment but pointed Buzzfeed to its app guidelines, which forbid a whole host of content including "defamatory, discriminatory, or mean-spirited" material or anything "likely to humiliate, intimidate, or place a targeted individual or group in harm's way." The move follows similar bans from Twitter, Spotify, YouTube, and Facebook.

That said, anyone who already downloaded Jones' app from the App Store can still use it, and Android users—who make up roughly 80% of the world's smartphone market—still have full access to the Infowars app, the New York Times reports. Infowars was downloaded roughly 93,000 times from the App Store in its first month after relaunching July 9, and users logged over 600,000 hours on the app, per the analytics company Apptopia. (Jones and Marco Rubio recently got into it after a Senate hearing, and Sandy Hook parents are making headway in a lawsuit against the notorious conspiracy theorist.)

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