Apple joins clampdown on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

Apple joins clampdown on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

Despite Apple's decision over the weekend to remove some of Jones' shows per its hate speech guidelines, the company still allows InfoWars' app in the App Store, which gives access to the exact content that it banned on iTunes. Apple removed five of the six Infowars programs from its listings, including "The Alex Jones Show" and "War Room". Facebook said they have removed the four pages from their platforms for violating their graphic violence and hate speech policies.

The Alex Jones Channel on YouTube on Monday displayed a banner saying the account had been terminated for violating community guidelines, and a spokesperson added by email that repeated violation of policies such as those prohibiting hate speech and harassment led to termination of accounts. But the company did not give specifics on Jones or Infowars. The Alex Jones channel, which had more than 2 million subscribers, was yanked from YouTube Monday.

The conspiracy theorist has, in the past, also engaged in several anti-Jewish theories, claiming previous year that Jews posed as KKK followers in Charlottesville in order to discredit white supremacist protesters. "What conservative news outlet will be next?"

As expected, Jones responded to the ouster by declaring that Chinese communists control Apple and the others and they wanted him silenced.

The company's move on Monday to boot Infowars from its platform earned it praise from high-profile celebrities and politicians, such as Chelsea Handler and Sen.

Facebook previously erased four videos hosted by these pages, but the company said users continued to report offensive content published by them.

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Last week, YouTube also took action against Jones, banning InfoWars from its live-streaming platform for three months. Last week Spotify removed select episodes of the conspiracy theorist's show, citing its "hateful content" guidelines.

Facebook has taken down four pages belonging to Jones, including two featuring his "Infowars" show, for violating its hate speech and bullying policies.

Pages Facebook has now blocked include the Alex Jones Channel, a separate page dedicated to Alex Jones, Infowars and Infowars Nightly News. In a statement, Apple said it "does not tolerate hate speech" and said it believes in "representing a wide range of views" so long as people are "respectful" of those with differing opinions.

Jones is facing defamation lawsuits from the families of Sandy Hook victims after his claims that the school shooting was a hoax. Spotify said it had removed all of Jones' podcast episodes due to "hate content". Mexico says toughest NAFTA issues remain unresolved The Hill's Morning Report: Trump tries to rescue Ohio House seat as GOP midterm fears grow MORE (R-Calif.) has repeatedly slammed major technology companies, claiming that they're biased against technology companies.

In response to Facebook's ban, Infowars editor-at-large Paul Joseph Watson tweeted: "Facebook bans Infowars".

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