Apple removes most of Alex Jones' podcasts from iTunes

Isaac Cain
August 6, 2018

On Monday, Facebook said: "We have taken it down for glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanising language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies". "We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions".

Jones has been widely criticized for promoting conspiracy theories surrounding the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in NY and the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in CT.

The announcement comes just as Apple announced it had removed the entire library of five out of six Infowars' podcasts, saying the video and audio files had violated its policy against hate speech.

The banning of the pages follows a similar move by Apple, which removed InfoWars and Alex Jones' news shows from all its podcasting platforms, also citing hate speech.

Infowars did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Spotify, which added Jones to its podcast offerings last month only to be met with widespread criticism and threats of a boycott, is also ending its relationship with Jones. Jones, who is the administrator of the pages, was placed on a 30-day block, Facebook said.

While he began broadcasting his shows in 1999, Jones' profile has spread from the far-right fringe in recent years.

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The Infowars podcasts removed from iTunes include The Alex Jones Show, War Room, and Infowars Freedom Nuggets. "Podcasts that violate these guidelines are removed from our directory making them no longer searchable or available for download or streaming".

Only one Infowars show - Real News with David Knight - remains accessible.

Mr Jones has been widely criticised for repeating conspiracy theories that the 9/11 attacks in NY were staged by the U.S. government.

Apple's decision to remove all of Alex Jones' podcasts is the broadest action taken against him online. Those claims have resulted in harassment directed at Sandy Hook families and supporters. The shooting killed 26 children and adults at the elementary school in CT.

Spotify, which is the second-largest platform, said in a statement last week that it had removed "specific episodes. for violating our hate content policy".

"While much of the discussion around InfoWars has been related to false news. none of the violations that spurred today's removals were related to this", it said in a statement.

'Alex Jones has been responsible for harassing parents of Sandy Hook children, Vegas shooting victims and threatening to kill the Special Counsel.

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