Apple joins clampdown on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

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

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

The social-media giant said Monday it took down the Alex Jones Channel Page, the Alex Jones Page, the InfoWars Page and the Infowars Nightly News Page after some users complained about the content last week.

The pages violated Facebook's hate speech, bullying and graphic violence policies, Facebook said, noting that since last week it had taken down material from the pages for "glorifying violence".

Most of USA conspiracy theorist Alex Jones's podcasts from his right-wing media platform Infowars have been removed from Apple's iTunes and podcast apps, the media news website BuzzFeed quoted a company spokesman as saying on Sunday. "When users violate these policies repeatedly, like our policies against hate speech and harassment or our terms prohibiting circumvention of our enforcement measures, we terminate their accounts", a spokesperson said.

Mr Jones has been widely criticised for repeating conspiracy theories that the 9/11 attacks in NY were staged by the United States government.

Although Infowars promotes some conspiracy theories that are far outside the mainstream - for example, that 9/11 was actually orchestrated by the USA government - it also reports on current events just as other media do. Last month, Jones also posted a video accusing special counsel and former FBI Director Robert Mueller of covering up pedophilia crimes.

The sweeping moves are the broadest actions yet by internet companies that have suspended or removed some of the conspiracy-driven content.

Apple does not host podcasts, nor does it have any financial relationship with those it catalogues on its directory.

Jones says his shows, which are broadcast on radio, YouTube and other platforms, reach at least 70 million people a week.




Facebook says the pushing of "fake news" had nothing to do with Jones' removal.

Alex Jones Took To Twitter To Complain About "This Hate Speech BS".

Watson called the mass deletion of Infowars from Facebook, Apple, Spotify, and YouTube "a coordinated purge" and "political censorship".

Neither Jones nor a representative for InfoWars were available early on Monday for comment. But he continued to regularly appear on Facebook after the suspension, showing up in livestreams hosted by other accounts, and even making first-person posts to his personal page, by publishing them using the accounts of other administrators in Infowars.

Spotify had also recently come under pressure for hosting Jones' podcasts.

He was sued for defamation by families of some of the children killed in that attack, which left 20 children and six adults dead.

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.

Alex Jones has been pushing a far-right agenda forever.

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