Spotify, Apple, Facebook crack down on Alex Jones pages and podcasts

Apple removes podcasts by Infowars' Alex Jones

About 100 episodes of Infowars news-recap podcast RealNews With David Knight that remain available on iTunes.

On Monday, Facebook said: "We have taken it down for glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanising language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies".

Facebook, YouTube, and Apple have banned Alex Jones and his conspiracy theory site Infowars from their platforms over hate speech. Spotify removed several episodes of "The Alex Jones Show" last week, citing violations of its policy against hateful speech. "Due to repeated violations of Spotify's prohibited content policies, The Alex Jones Show has lost access to the Spotify platform".

Facebook removed four Infowars videos and suspended Jones for 30 days last month after posting videos that violated its standards.

InfoWars editor-at-large Paul Joseph Watson called the move an attack on free speech and conservative media. Even if Alex Jones is simply a character created to sell garbage supplements to gullible people, the things he says are not kosher on the platforms he has now been booted from.

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Josh Koskoff, a lawyer representing Sandy Hook families, issues comment on big tech's actions against InfoWars / Alex Jones: "Unfortunately, for numerous Sandy Hook families, the damage has already been done".

He now admits the shooting occurred but says his claims were free speech.

Rather than some shadowy Illuminati figures orchestrating the whole shut down of Alex Jones, activists had actually been lobbying tech platforms to cut ties with Alex Jones and InfoWars.

Among the conspiracy theories Jones, 44, has peddled are charges that the USA government was behind numerous terrorist attacks, including the September 11 strikes on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Also in July, YouTube slapped Jones" channel with a "community strike, ' blocking him from broadcasting live on the site for 90 days.

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Jones is a noted conspiracy theorist and the founder of the InfoWars website and podcast. In a blog post Monday, the social-networking platform said it removed four of Jones's pages for violating its community standards.

"Our families are in danger as a direct result of the hundreds of thousands of people who see and believe the lies and hate speech, which you have decided should be protected", wrote Lenny Pozner and Veronique De La Rosa, the parents of Noah, who was six years old when he died at Sandy Hook. The company's decision to pull the Infowars podcasts was first reported by BuzzFeed. Apple removed the host's shows from its podcasts section, BuzzFeed News reported late on Sunday.

"So there's no way the censors can get between us", he said.

Jones' presence on Facebook is also taking a hit, as the social network has announced the removal of four pages associated with the host ad his shows. One of the groups that put a spotlight on Facebook, YouTube and Apple helping to distribute Infowars content had been Sleeping Giants, a progressive activism group that has also been organizing advertiser boycotts against other far-right media outlets.

Facebook bans Alex Jones and InfoWars pages
Among the theories he has promoted is that the 9/11 attacks on NY and Washington were staged by the government. Families of Sandy Hook victims have filed lawsuits against Jones for defamation.


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