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Facebook, YouTube, Spotify and Apple bin controversial InfoWars

Facebook, YouTube, Spotify and Apple bin controversial InfoWars

Facebook, YouTube and Apple have taken down content from Alex Jones and his InfoWars channel from their platforms in moves generally described as fighting hate speech.

Alex Jones and the InfoWars brand have proven hugely controversial after spreading countless conspiracy theories across the internet.

Buzzfeed reports that Facebook removed the InfoWars page from the site due to “using hate speech”.

Apple meanwhile has removed hundreds of podcasts from Alex Jones and InfoWars, with five of the six InfoWars-related shows no longer available on iTunes.

“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," read a statement from an Apple spokesperson.

"Podcasts that violate these guidelines are removed from our directory making them no longer searchable or available for download or streaming. We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions.”

And the rest...

YouTube meanwhile has also deleted Jones’ channel from the site after it said he had violated community guidelines.

Jones’ channel had previously received a YouTube strike for violating community guidelines over videos that were said to contain hate speech and child endangerment. Two out of the four videos that were removed included racist remarks against Muslims, while one video contained transphobia.

As well as a strike and removals, a livestreaming ban was put in place for 90 days. After attempts to get around the ban, YouTube has now removed the channel.

Music streaming service Spotify has also deleted every episode of The Alex Jones Show, again attributing the ban to content inciting hate.

For his part, Jones has been streaming his reaction on Twitter while also tweeting “what conservative news outlet will be next?”.

Here’s a conspiracy theory: Perhaps all that time spent spreading wild conspiracies that have little to do with conservatism is finally catching up with InfoWars and Alex Jones.


Senior Editor

Craig Chapple is Senior Editor of PocketGamer.biz and InfluencerUpdate.biz. He was previously Deputy Editor at Develop and Online Editor at Nintendo of Europe.

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