Alex Jones, Infowars Kicked off Multiple Social Media Platforms

Apple Removes Info Wars Podcasts

On Monday, Apple announced it had removed hundreds of podcasts produced by InfoWars from its iTunes and podcast apps. Spotify and Apple removed the InfoWars podcast from their streaming services, though a number of InfoWars apps are still available for download on the Apple store.

Apple has dropped episodes of a controversial podcast run by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones (file photo), following similar bans by Spotify, Facebook and YouTube.

Similarly to Facebook, Youtube has banned Jones live broadcasting for 90 days and removed four of his videos, citing his violation of their graphic content policy. To all other conservative news outlets - you are next.

"In an unsurprising turn of events, InfoWars did not heed the warning and continued to post violent content; Facebook chose to act because Jones's pages had "[accumulated] too many strikes".

But Infowars and Jones have long peddled conspiracy theories, including that the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012 was a hoax.

According to BuzzFeed, Apple, Facebook, and YouTube have made a decision to remove Jones' work from their websites. The policy warns that repeat offenders will be removed from the platform.

Update 11:27am CT, Aug. 6: As of Monday afternoon, the channels for the "Alex Jones Channel" and InfoWars appear to have been taken down.

In a statement, a YouTube spokesperson said the company removes accounts that repeatedly violate its policies.

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The company said it "unpublished" the four pages linked to Jones after receiving reports they contained content "glorifying violence" and used "dehumanising language" to describe Muslims, immigrants and transgender people. He has already been slapped with three separate defamation lawsuits by the families of children who lost children in the Sandy Hook massacre.

"We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions", Facebook wrote in a statement.

Neither Jones nor a representative for InfoWars were available early on Monday for comment.

Jones has created half a dozen podcasts and were released under the Infowars banner with social media services finding fault with majority. Jones' videos are seen by millions on sites like YouTube and Facebook.

In addition, last month both YouTube and Facebook penalised the alt-right agitator for violating their community-standards guidelines and deleted four videos he posted to the services.

Facebook had previously suspended Alex Jones for 30 days for violating the website's rules.

Spotify, a music and podcast streaming company, followed suit last week when it removed some specific episodes of Jones's programmes.

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