Apple, Facebook and Spotify delete Alex Jones’ content for "glorifying violence"


Despite the actions of Facebook, Apple, and YouTube, one social platform, Twitter, has not removed Jones or InfoWars from its service. About 100 episodes of Infowars news-recap podcast RealNews With David Knight that remain available on iTunes.

"Podcasts that violate these guidelines are removed from our directory making them no longer searchable or available for download or streaming", Apple said in a statement.

YouTube, which is owned by Google, issued a strike against Jones in July and removed four of his videos, removed top channels associated with InfoWars on Monday, including The Alex Jones Channel, which has almost 2.5 million subscribers.

The company announced the move in a blog post published Monday morning, explaining that pages belonging to Jones have continued to post content that went against its community standards.

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.

Still, the decisions by Apple, Spotify and Facebook may clear the way for other platforms to take action, now that a precedent has been established.

'Spotify can confirm it has removed specific episodes of 'The Alex Jones Show´ podcast for violating our hate content policy, ' a spokesperson said late Sunday. Jones responded by posting more content on other pages, prompting the social media giant to suspend his four main pages.

"News outlets and social media platforms are finally waking up to the critical difference between those who foster a marketplace of freely exchanged ideas and those that peddle false facts to make money off the suffering of others", said Josh Koskoff, an attorney representing several Sandy Hook families.

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But Infowars and Jones have long peddled conspiracy theories, including that the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012 was a hoax. "Tomorrow, Alex Jones will scream about his ban from iTunes being political".

Jones is now being sued by the parents of Sandy Hook victims for claiming the 2012 mass school shooting was a hoax.

Rather than some shadowy Illuminati figures orchestrating the whole shut down of Alex Jones, activists had actually been lobbying tech platforms to cut ties with Alex Jones and InfoWars.

In a statement Monday, Facebook said it was removing content from four pages associated with Jones for "glorifying violence" and "using dehumanizing language".

According to BuzzFeed, Apple, Facebook, and YouTube have made a decision to remove Jones' work from their websites.

"Last night's purge was a coordinated effort and had nothing to do with enforcing hate speech rule", Jones said on his talkshow.

"(It's) a unsafe cliff that these social media companies are jumping off to satisfy CNN and other liberal outlets", Bozell said in a statement.