Apple removes Alex Jones content from iTunes, podcast platforms

Infowars’ host Alex Jones

Infowars’ host Alex Jones

On Monday, Spotify also told PCMag it had banned Alex Jones from the platform over repeated violations relating to hate speech.

As such, Monday morning saw Apple, Spotify, and Facebook remove his podcasts and pages from their content rosters while citing hate speech violations. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TIME.

Jones, whose site InfoWars has accused victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting of being "actors" in a plot to discredit the gun lobby, had violated Facebook's hate speech policies, the social network said. Now, YouTube has followed suit in dramatic fashion by permanently banning both the Alex Jones and InfoWars channels from existence.

Last week, music streaming service Spotify removed some episodes of "The Alex Jones Show" podcast for breaching its hate content policy. Jones had earlier received a "strike", or a warning for violating content policy, which temporarily forbid him from YouTube live streaming. "The shooting left 26 children and adults dead at a CT elementary school".

Jones faces defamation lawsuits filed by the families of the Sandy Hook victims in Texas and another filed in CT that included an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent as a plaintiff. More recently, Jones ran afoul of YouTube's community standards for posting hateful speech about Muslims and transgender people, as well as posting a video that displayed child endangerment.

Facebook didn't disclose what specific content violated its policies, although it noted the decision wasn't prompted by "false news". Last month, Jones also posted a video accusing special counsel and former FBI Director Robert Mueller of covering up pedophilia crimes.

It also said they represent various views if "people are respectful to those with differing opinions".

Alex Jones' personal YouTube channel, "The Alex Jones Channel", has been terminated for violating the website's community guidelines, the website announced on Monday. It appears that Silicon Valley is exhausted of Jones' rhetoric, and he has been taken off of several prominent social media and streaming sites. About 100 episodes of Infowars news-recap podcast RealNews With David Knight that remain available on iTunes. The company said the removal of the four pages on Monday was unrelated.

Facebook is the latest tech company to take action against Jones following social-media backlash.

The moves by Apple and Facebook are the most sweeping of a recent crackdown on Jones' programmes by online sites that have suspended or removed some of his conspiracy-driven content. Among Infowars' millions of followers is none other than US President Donald Trump, who appeared on his show in 2015, praising the conspiracy theorist's reputation and promising "I will not let you down". Spotify said it had removed all of Jones' podcast episodes due to "hate content".

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