Friday, 23 August, 2019

Apple Inc bans Alex Jones app for 'objectionable content'

Alex Jones at a rally of people claiming the 9/11 terror attacks were carried out by the U.S. government Alex Jones at a rally of people claiming the 9/11 terror attacks were carried out by the U.S. government
Cecil Davis | 13 September, 2018, 13:10

Following bans from Twitter and Periscope, Apple has permanently banned Jones' InfoWars app from its App Store.

InfoWars, a well-known conspiracy theory outlet, has recently been kicked off various web platforms, including being permanently banned from Twitter. Though it cautioned that the app is still too new to the App Store to provide definitive daily average user analytics, Apptopia told BuzzFeed News that Infowars has logged more than 600,000 hours spent in-app as of August.

Slightly more specifically, the host was determined to have violated the TOS around "defamatory, discriminatory, or mean-spirited content, including references or commentary about religion, race, sexual orientation, gender, national/ethnic origin, or other targeted groups, particularly if the app is likely to humiliate, intimidate, or place a targeted individual or group in harm's way". An Apple spokeswoman said it was removed under company policies that prohibit apps from including content that is "offensive, insensitive, upsetting, meant to disgust or in exceptionally poor taste". The company had earlier removed the entire library of Infowars podcasts from iTunes and its Podcasts app.

A spokesperson for Apple told the New York Times that the app violates its guidelines by containing content that is 'offensive, insensitive, upsetting, meant to disgust or in exceptionally poor taste'.

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All the eyes now turn towards Google, as InfoWars application is as yet accessible for download in the Google Play Store for Android.

Apple was the first company to remove Infowars content from its platform after which YouTube and Facebook followed suit.

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