Apple Removes Alex Jones and Infowars Podcasts From iTunes

Joanna Estrada
August 6, 2018

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

Most of US 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. Last week Spotify removed several episodes of "The Alex Jones Show", following similar moves by YouTube and Facebook the week before.

As of Sunday, just one program provided by Infowars remained, RealNews with David Knight.

While Apple did not host the InfoWars podcasts on its own servers, its iTunes and Podcasts apps made the programmes easily accessible to millions of people.

This is the first time a blanket ban has been imposed on Jones, who is now being sued by parents of children murdered in the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting for claims that the attack was a hoax.

The decision comes off the back of other companies who have chose to take down InfoWars content, with Spotify last week revealing it removed "certain episodes" of The Alex Jones Show.

"Apple does not tolerate hate speech, and we have clear guidelines that creators and developers must follow to ensure we provide a safe environment for all of our users", Apple said in a statement. Five of the six podcasts that Infowars creates will no longer be available for download or streaming, including the daily Alex Jones Show podcast. "We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions".

iTunes was not the only way Jones distributed his podcasts, but BuzzFeed reported that Apple's platform is the largest podcast index on the Internet.

Several other apps and social media platforms have also taken action against InfoWars content. The company conducted a further review of Jones' podcast and determined that there were enough violations of Spotify's "hate content" policy that it warranted full removal.

In other recent actions against Jones, Facebook suspended his personal profile from the site for 30 days in late July for what the company said was bullying and hate speech.

The Infowars Official app for iOS remains available in Apple's App Store. And YouTube recently took down four videos from Jones' channel, saying they violated its policies on hate speech and child endangerment.

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