Apple, YouTube, Spotify and Facebook kick Alex Jones from their platforms

The removal of the controversial conspiracy theorist Infowars podcasts marks one of the biggest technology company crackdowns to date

8Aug

Apple has removed the entirety of five out of six of Alex Jones's controversial Infowars podcasts from its iTunes library. Within hours of this decision, Facebook, Youtube and Spotify followed suit, removing the majority of his library from their platforms.

This comes as a result of multiple violations of community guidelines across all the above media platforms. YouTube, where most of Alex Jones’s videos have been published on or through, had almost 2.5 million subscribers.

In a statement to Buzzfeed, YouTube mentioned Alex Jones's propensity to "repeatedly [violate] their policies against hate speech,” and added that when “harassment of out terms prohibiting circumvention of out enforcement measures, we terminate their accounts."


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The other three platforms echoed similar reasonings behind their choice to remove the Infowars catalog. "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," commented Apple to Buzzfeed.

Spotify claimed that Infowars violated its hate content policies, namely, content which "expressly and principally promotes, advocates, or incites hatred or violence against a group or individual based on characteristics."

Following the removal, the Infowars website posted on its website, "This is the modern day electronic equivalent of book burning.

"This is throwing dissidents in the Big Tech gulag because their voices were becoming too loud and having too much influence. This is the purge. This is election meddling and COLLUSION."

However, besides comments via his site, Alex Jones has not personally responded to requests for comment.

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