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Apple Just Made Big Move Against Alex Jones

iTunes removes much of Infowars content
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2018 10:00 AM CDT
Alex Jones, a right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist, arrives for a child custody trial at the Heman Marion Sweatt Travis County Courthouse in Austin, Texas, in April 2017.   (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File)

(Newser) – Alex Jones now has a lot more to vent about on his controversial Infowars network, but it will be harder for his fans to hear it. Apple removed five of six Infowars podcasts from iTunes, including the popular Alex Jones Show, reports BuzzFeed News. After the Apple decision, Facebook pulled four pages that promote Jones' content, and Spotify also moved to restrict his availability. As CNBC notes, the Apple move is notable because the company pulled not just individual episodes but entire libraries of podcasts. Jones likes to push conspiracy theories on his shows, including one alleging that the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax, though he has also acknowledged in court that he sees himself as a performance artist.

"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," a company spokesperson tells BuzzFeed. "We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions.” Facebook, for its part, posted an explanation saying it removed Jones' content "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." Jones responded on Twitter Monday morning, tweeting, "We've been banned completely on Facebook, Apple, & Spotify. What conservative news outlet will be next?" (Read more Alex Jones stories.)

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