Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Facebook, iTunes and Spotify drop InfoWars

Facebook, iTunes and Spotify drop InfoWars

Facebook says it has taken down four pages belonging to rightwing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, including two featuring his "Infowars" show, for violating its hate speech and bullying policies. The pages were removed "for glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies", Facebook said in a release.

The entirety of Alex Jones' podcast library, including his popular InfoWars program, has been removed from both Apple's iTunes and Spotify, according to BuzzFeed News.

YouTube Alex Jones' YouTube channel was removed on Monday for violating the website's guidelines, a spokesperson said.

YouTube said in a statement that when users violate its policies against hate speech and harassment, "we terminate their accounts".

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Some of his conspiracy theories include the United States government staging the 9/11 attacks in NY and Washington, and the idea that the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre was faked by the left-wing to promote gun control.

Jones and Infowars have faced accusations of using these platforms to spread falsehoods and conspiracy theories. Many of these products are snake oil supplements and doomsday prep items that Jones has a personal financial stake in. The company also called Jones a "repeat offender".

Infowars has also been citied for promulgating "fake news", but Facebook said in its statement that misinformation is a different issue that the social network is trying to address separately.

According to BuzzFeed, Apple, Facebook, and YouTube have chose to remove Jones' work from their websites. The free app, released in July 2018, provides the ability to live-stream Infowars shows including Real News, The Alex Jones Show and War Room and access articles.

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Jones said his channel's removal was imminent. Several families affected by the shooting, and an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who responded to the attack, have sued Jones for defamation. Visitors of Jones' main YouTube channel were greeted with a message proclaiming that the account had been for "terminated for violating YouTube's community guidelines". South Korea eyes new taxes on tech Facebook unfriends the Russians Here's why social media users need a "bill of rights" MORE that appeared to defend Jones and other conspiracy theorists who are active on the social media platform.

Well, Jones can still disseminate content via his InfoWars site, and he can (for now) continue to tweet about clips entitled, "World Exclusive Alex Jones Responds To Being Banned From The Internet".

Another one of the big five tech companies has turned on Alex Jones.

Infowars editor-at-large Paul Joseph Watson said in a tweet here that the broad take-downs amounted to censorship and were meant to help Democrats in the national election this fall.

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