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Apple Removes Alex Jones, Infowars From iTunes And Podcast Apps

Apple Removes Alex Jones, Infowars From iTunes And Podcast Apps

Facebook's banning of Alex Jones' signature platform came just after Apple removed nearly of all of his podcasts because "Apple does not tolerate hate speech".

In July, YouTube removed four videos from Mr Jones' channel, which has more than 2.4 million followers.

YouTube became the latest tech company to turn against Jones Monday by removing the Alex Jones Channel page. Facebook announced today that it has taken down four pages run by InfoWars and its figurehead, Jones.

"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", YouTube explained. It was followed by podcast app Stitcher, which removed specific episodes of Jones' audio show, citing hateful content policies.

The Infowars app remained available on the app stores hosted by Apple and Alphabet's Google Play, however, while Twitter Inc said that Infowars accounts were not now in violation of its rules.

Conspiracy theory peddler and alt-right loudmouth Alex Jones wore out his welcome with Apple.

The decisions by Apple, Spotify and Facebook may clear the way for other platforms to take action, now that a precedent has been established.

Jones is a noted conspiracy theorist and the founder of the InfoWars website and podcast.

InfoWars did not respond to a request for comment.

YouTube said it had "long-standing policies against child endangerment and hate speech" but InfoWars claimed the the videos had been deleted because they were "critical of liberalism".

Facebook and other tech giants have been under growing pressure to crack down on the spread of misinformation across their platforms. On Monday, the Swedish company went a step further and banned his program altogether. Facebook has said InfoWars can appeal the decision and become reinstated. If he doesn't, the pages will be banned permanently. Facebook took down Jones's personal profile for 30 days and removed four videos it said violated the social media company's community standards.

Facebook uses a "strike" system to determine if a page should be removed from its site altogether, according to the statement.

A number of platforms have suspended or removed some of the radio host's conspiracy-driven content in recent weeks for violating hate content policies.

Last week Spotify removed several episodes of "The Alex Jones Show", following similar moves by YouTube and Facebook the week before.

Some of his conspiracy theories include the USA government staging the 9/11 attacks in NY and Washington, and the idea that the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre was faked by the left-wing to promote gun control.

Among other claims, he has called the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting a hoax. There are now three defamation lawsuits against Jones by family members of the victims, though Jones has counter-sued for legal fees.