Apple Removes Alex Jones Podcast from iTunes, Apps

Most of Info Wars and Alex Jones' podcasts have been given the boot on iTunes

Most of Info Wars and Alex Jones' podcasts have been given the boot on iTunes

In a blog post Monday the social network said it removed four of Jones's pages for violating its community standards.

Other platforms such as Facebook, YouTube and Spotify have taken down individual pieces of content from Jones and Infowars but shied away from imposing an outright ban on the controversial Texan.

Beginning on Monday, totally rational and not at all insane person Alex Jones is going to have to shout a bit louder to make his conspiracy theories heard.

The company said it "unpublished" the four pages after receiving reports that they contained content "glorifying violence" and used "dehumanizing language" to describe Muslims, immigrants and transgender people.

Now let's see how long this lasts.

'Spotify can confirm it has removed specific episodes of 'The Alex Jones Show´ podcast for violating our hate content policy, ' a spokesperson said late Sunday.

"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", an Apple spokesperson said. There are plenty of conservative & liberal podcasts that don't harass the parents of children killed at Sandy Hook or Las Vegas shooting victims.

Facebook has shut down InfoWars' page saying the conservative news outlet used hate speech. "He is a performance artist", Wilhite added, likening Jones' public persona as akin to Jack Nicholson performing the Joker in Batman.

Neither Jones nor a representative for Infowars was available for comment.

The company cited bullying and hate speech for the decision.

The pages include one for Jones' flagship radio show InfoWars as well as his fan page. Spotify took down several episodes of the show last week.

"While much of the discussion around Infowars has been related to false news, which is a serious issue that we are working to address by demoting links marked wrong by fact checkers and suggesting additional content, none of the violations that spurred today's removals were related to this".

Paul Joseph Watson, an editor-at-large for Infowars, said on Twitter that Facebook's move was "political censorship" and "a culture war".

Perhaps the tech companies that have continued to give Jones' risky rhetoric and conspiracies a platform finally got a shove when Jones' own attorney, defending the host against a lawsuit brought by parents of victims in the Sandy Hook school shooting, said "no reasonable reader or listener" would actually believe Jones' nonsense.

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