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Facebook bans Alex Jones, as big tech turns on the conspiracy theorist

07 August 2018, 02:20 | Myron Mathis

The Alex Jones Channel is InfoWars most subscribed on YouTube. Screenshot Joan E. Solsman CNET

The Alex Jones Channel is InfoWars most subscribed on YouTube.                  Screenshot Joan E. Solsman  CNET

For now, Apple is still hosting one Infowars show - Real News with David Knight, it's not clear why this was unaffected.

Apple didn't respond to a request for a comment but issued a statement to BuzzFeed.

Rather than some shadowy Illuminati figures orchestrating the whole shut down of Alex Jones, activists had actually been lobbying tech platforms to cut ties with Alex Jones and InfoWars.

Apple have removed shows involving Alex Jones from its podcast directory, the most significant blow yet to one of the world's most notorious conspiracy theorists and a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump.

Facebook Inc (FB.O) announced on Monday that it had removed four pages belonging to US conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for "repeatedly posting content over the past several days" that breaks its community standards.

But Infowars and Jones have long peddled conspiracy theories, including that the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012 was a hoax. On his show, InfoWars, he peddles conspiracy theories, ranging from claiming the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in 2012 was staged by the government to stating the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack was an "inside job".

While Apple has drawn attention for banning InfoWars founder Alex Jones from its platform Monday for "hate speech", tech giants Facebook and YouTube, a subsidiary of Google, made the same move on the same day.

YouTube deleted the Alex Jones Channel on Monday morning. It also suspended the personal profile of Jones.


"Our families are in danger as a direct result of the hundreds of thousands of people who see and believe the lies and hate speech, which you have decided should be protected", their letter read.

Internet users attempting to view the Alex Jones Channel videos were greeted with the notice saying, "this account has been terminated for violating YouTube's Community Guidelines".

Backlash against Alex Jones grew to a new level on Monday as YouTube announced that it was terminating the far-right conspiracy theorist's channels in the wake of similar suspensions and removals by Facebook, Apple and Spotify.

The company uses a strike system to monitor how many times a page or admin violates their community standards.

It's unclear exactly how many episodes were ditched, although the vast majority of content created by Jones remains available to Spotify users.

It is unconfirmed if Infowars went through the appeals process, but its editor-at-large Paul Watson said the outlet was banned.

Spotify had also recently come under pressure for hosting Jones' podcasts. "We take reports of hate content seriously and review any podcast episode or song that is flagged by our community", a Spotify spokesperson told Entertainment Weekly in a statement today.

The move followed a severe backlash on social media that saw Spotify subscribers threaten to ditch their accounts after the streaming service continued to host Jones" "Infowars' podcast despite blocks from other services.



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