Apple removes Alex Jones content from iTunes, podcast platforms

Apple, Facebook and Spotify each took the most aggressive steps yet to penalize conspiracy theorist and prominent right-wing talk show host Alex Jones for violating their hate speech policies.

Nearly all of the notorious alt-right figurehead Alex Jones's videos have been removed by Apple, an executive told Buzzfeed. Only one InfoWars podcast, Real News With David Knight, is still available on Apple.

Apple on Monday deleted several podcasts of the far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, while Facebook removed four of his online pages which the social media platform accused of "glorifying violence".

Apple has confirmed the move and said that it took action against Alex Jones and InfoWars due to the use of hate speech, which is a violation of its terms. An Apple spokeswoman said in a statement that the company "does not tolerate hate speech" and publishes guidelines that developers and publishers must follow.

In addition, over the weekend, Spotify removed all episodes of "The Alex Jones Show" from its service after initially pulling just four segments last week. However, if Jones doesn't appeal or his appeal fails, his page will be permanently removed from the site.

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

This move comes after Facebook removed four videos that the company claimed violated its Community Standards, because they were filled with hate speech and bullying comments against trans children, Muslims, and others. Jones has repeatedly claimed the massacre was a hoax and that the parents of the murdered first-graders were actors, an accusation that has sparked death threats against some of the bereaved mothers and fathers.

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Facebook (fb) noted the additional concern about Infowars supplied 'fake news, ' but said Monday's actions were unrelated to those allegations.

Among the theories Jones has promoted is that the September 11 attacks on NY and Washington were staged by the government.

"More content from the same Pages has been reported to us", Facebook wrote in a post on its corporate blog to explain the decision to pull the material.

"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.

Facebook is not the only social platform to take steps against InfoWars.

Spotify, a music and podcast streaming company, said on Monday that it had now removed all of Jones's Infowars programs from its platform.

Spotify, which added Jones to its podcast offerings last month only to be met with widespread criticism and threats of a boycott, is also ending its relationship with Jones.

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