Apple removes podcasts by Infowars' Alex Jones

06 Agosto, 2018, 16:07 | Author: Misty Newman
  • Apple removes podcasts by Infowars' Alex Jones

Google deleted four InfoWars videos from YouTube and barred Jones from live streaming his broadcasts for 90 days, and Facebook merely deleted a few videos from its platform. But he continued to regularly appear on Facebook after the suspension, showing up in livestreams hosted by other accounts, and even making first-person posts to his personal page, by publishing them using the accounts of other administrators in Infowars. "We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions", an Apple spokesperson said in a statement to TechCrunch. He has also been accused of engaging in hate speech.

In July, YouTube removed four videos from Mr Jones' channel, which has more than 2.4 million followers. "While much of the discussion around Infowars has been related to false news, which is a serious issue that we are working to address by demoting links marked wrong by fact checkers and suggesting additional content, none of the violations that spurred today's removals were related to this", it said.

BuzzFeed News reported that Alex Jones' website, home to batty conspiracy theories and Super Male Vitality - a $59.95 vial of a substance you apply to your penis - had six podcasts hosted on iTunes and Apple's Podcast app, including the flagship Alex Jones Show.

Apple's decision to remove all of Alex Jones' podcasts is the broadest action taken against him online.

In a statement to BuzzFeed, Apple confirmed it had also removed Jones' podcast for violating its guidelines on hate speech.

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Over the last few months, Facebook has been heavily criticized for allowing "fake news" to circulate, amid reports that it affected the U.S. presidential elections and UK's Brexit.

The pages include one for Jones' flagship radio show InfoWars as well as his fan page.

'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 remains on YouTube, where he has almost 2.5 million subscribers. Spotify took down several episodes of the show last week. It welcomed the company's decision on Twitter.

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. Among his theories on the Las Vegas shooting, he has asked whether gunman Stephen Paddock was "a patsy to kick off the left's war with the right".

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