Facebook bans Alex Jones and InfoWars pages

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

According to a blog post published Monday morning, Facebook removed the Alex Jones Channel, Alex Jones, InfoWars, and Infowars Nightly News pages for "repeatedly posting content over the past several days" that violates the company's Community Standards.

Of course, given how Facebook has struggled against fake news being spread on its platform, it's noteworthy that wasn't one of the reasons that Jones, a man who said the Sandy Hook shootings were faked and pushed the #Pizzagate conspiracy, was banned.

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

In a statement to Buzzfeed, Apple said it took down Jones' content because the company doesn't "tolerate hate speech".

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"Podcasts that violate these guidelines are removed from our directory making them no longer searchable or available for download or streaming", Apple said in a statement. "We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions".

One Infowars podcast remains on the platform: "Real News With David Knight".

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

The ban follows Apple's and Spotify's removal of his podcasts on Sunday, and a 30-day Facebook suspension last month that Jones was able to skirt. Among the theories he has promoted is that the 9/11 attacks on NY and Washington were staged by the government.

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Facebook (FB) removed four videos from the pages last week after determining that they violated its hate speech and bullying policies. The shooting killed 26 children and adults at the elementary school in CT.

The more sweeping action taken by Apple shows how companies have responded differently to the task of regulating false information and hate speech while remaining a neutral platform. It also suspended the personal profile of Jones.

Jones has been widely criticized for promoting conspiracy theories surrounding the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in NY and the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in CT.

Since founding Infowars in 1999, Jones has built a vast audience. "We take reports of hate content seriously and review any podcast episode or song that is flagged by our community", a Spotify spokesperson said. Families of Sandy Hook victims have filed lawsuits against Jones for defamation.

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