Tuesday, 18 December, 2018

Apple pulls five Infowars podcasts from Apple TV podcasts app

Apple removes podcasts by Infowars' Alex Jones Apple pulls Infowars podcasts from iTunes
Deanna Wagner | 09 August, 2018, 12:01

Apple meanwhile also stated they had removed five of Jones' podcasts that it deemed most controversial.

While the moves will be devastating to Jones' network, he still has his own site to publish content and will now likely venture into other social networks which espouse free speech as we've seen others do in the past.

Some also noted the curious way that Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify all chose to ban Jones at exactly the same time, despite the fact that he had been active on their platforms for years.

In a statement, a YouTube spokesperson said the company removes accounts that repeatedly violate its policies. Among the theories he has promoted is that the September 11, 2001, attacks on NY and Washington were staged by the government.

Gunman Adam Lanza killed 26 people, including 20 children, when he launched his rampage in the CT school. Jones has counter-sued, demanding in turn that they pay his court costs.

Neither Jones nor a representative for InfoWars were available early on Monday for comment. She also accused Jones of groping her "butt" and exclaiming, "Who wouldn't want to have a black wife?"

YouTube has also removed certain videos featuring Jones and suspended him from broadcasting live for 90 days, but has stopped short of a full-on ban. "In addition, one of the admins of these Pages - Alex Jones - was placed in a 30-day block for his role in posting violating content to these Pages", Facebook continued.

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But weeks later, Facebook went even further, banning Jones and several Infowars pages from the platform entirely.

Among other claims, he has called the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting a hoax.

Some of Infowars notorious assertions have included claiming that 9/11 was perpetrated by "globalists" in the USA government; that the deadly mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 was a hoax; and that David Hogg, one of the students who survived the February 2018 shooting massacre in Parkland, Florida, was a paid actor. He is seeking to have the cases dismissed.

Jones has also claimed that the September 11, 2001 attacks on NY and Washington were staged by the United States government.

"Your reputation is fantastic". Lastly, Spotify removed Jones' podcasts from its service too.

It's unclear exactly how many episodes were ditched, although the vast majority of content created by Jones remains available to Spotify users.

Spotify removed hundreds of episodes of "the Alex Jones Show", citing its policies on hate speech. The shows were removed from iTunes because of its hate speech guidelines, Apple told the news outlet in a statement.