Facebook, Apple Purge InfoWars for 'Hate Speech'


The social media platform announced on Monday morning they had completely removed four of Jones' Facebook pages: the Alex Jones Channel Page, the Alex Jones Page, the InfoWars Page, and the InfoWars Nightly News Page. On Monday, the music streaming company deleted all of the Alex Jones Show content, though four other InfoWars podcasts are still available to stream.

"We take reports of hate content seriously and review any podcast episode or song that is flagged by our community", a Spotify spokesperson told NBC News in an email.

BuzzFeed News reported Sunday that Apple has removed five of Infowars' six podcast from its iTunes and Podcast apps for violating hate speech guidelines. "We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions".

The move comes shortly after both Google and Facebook had taken action against InfoWars, however Apple's decision to completely ban multiple podcasts from the conspiracy theorist is far more serious than the slaps on the wrist InfoWars received from the two aforementioned companies.

"Due to repeated violations of Spotify's prohibited content policies, The Alex Jones Show has lost access to the Spotify platform", the representative said.

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

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InfoWars did not immediately respond to a request for comment sent outside business hours.

Sleeping Giant, a social media activism organization that had been lobbying Apple to stop listing material by Jones, celebrated the move in a statement on Twitter.

Apple's decision to remove all of Alex Jones' podcasts is the broadest action taken against him online. The shooting killed 26 children and adults at the elementary school in CT.

He has also promoted a theory that the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre was faked by left-wing forces to promote gun control. "He is a performance artist", Wilhite added, likening Jones' public persona as akin to Jack Nicholson performing the Joker in Batman. "I can confirm that Spotify has removed the "Alex Jones Show" - Infowars", a spokeswoman said.

Spotify, which is the second-largest platform, said in a statement last week that it had removed "specific episodes. for violating our hate content policy". "Last week, we asked @Applehow the harassment of Sandy Hook parents and Vegas shooting victims didn't violate their Terms of Service".