Apple pulls five Infowars podcasts from Apple TV podcasts app

Apple pulls five Infowars podcasts from Apple TV podcasts app

Apple's removal of the Infowars podcasts, first reported by BuzzFeed News, comes after Spotify and Stitcher pulled multiple podcasts from Infowars founder Alex Jones last week.

"This account has been terminated for violating YouTube's Community Guidelines". Facebook previously erased four videos hosted by these pages, but the company said users continued to report offensive content published by them.

Facebook had placed Jones, who promoted conspiracy theories about former President Barack Obama and has been sued for workplace discrimination, on a 30-day block for his role as an administrator of the pages.

YouTube, the other platform on which Jones had a sizable following, followed suit on Monday, terminating Jones' main account, which had 2.4 million subscribers.

"All users agree to comply with our Terms of Service and Community Guidelines when they sign up to use YouTube", a YouTube spokesperson told Ars on Monday.

The Infowars podcasts removed from iTunes include The Alex Jones Show, War Room, and Infowars Freedom Nuggets.

The move by Apple is the most sweeping of a recent crackdown on Jones's programmes by online sites.

Facebook said the posts had violated its hate speech policies. "When something is rated as false, those stories are ranked significantly lower in News Feed, cutting future views by more than 80 percent", the company statement said. He described it as "the one platform that they CAN'T ban".

FILE PHOTO: Alex Jones from Infowars.com speaks during a rally in support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump near the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., July 18, 2016.

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Alphabet and Apple did not immediately respond to questions about why the app remained available on their platforms.

The decisions by Apple, Spotify and Facebook may clear the way for other platforms to take action, now that a precedent has been established.

It remains to be seen what action Twitter may take against the controversial host and his channel.

"If they don't appeal or their appeal fails, we remove the page", it said.

YouTube became the latest tech company to turn against Jones Monday by removing the Alex Jones Channel page. Last month, Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg attempted to defend permitting Infowars on his site, claiming he was protecting free speech, but his comments simply stoked more controversy. It said when a page "surpasses a certain threshold of strikes, the whole Page is unpublished".

A Facebook representative said details regarding appeals of a particular page's status can not be shared, citing privacy reasons.

Youtube has clearly stated that Alex Jones has violated their terms of service by spewing hate speech and harassing others, often by name.

Earlier on Monday, Facebook removed four pages associated with InfoWars and Jones for repeated violations of its policies.

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