Facebook, Apple, Spotify Crackdown on Alex Jones and Infowars

Facebook joins Apple and Spotify in banning Infowars – but it's not because of 'fake news'

Facebook says it has taken down four pages belonging to rightwing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, including two featuring his "Infowars" show, for violating its hate speech and bullying policies.

Other platforms such as Facebook, YouTube and Spotify have taken down individual pieces of content from Jones and Infowars but shied away from imposing an outright ban on the controversial Texan.

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

All of those shows have been removed from Apple Podcasts save for one, Real News with David Knight, which at present is still on the platform.

Those have been pulled from the iTunes directory, making them no longer searchable or available for download or streaming. It also suspended the personal profile of Jones.

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

It's unclear exactly how many episodes were ditched, although the vast majority of content created by Jones remains available to Spotify users.

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The company said it does not "tolerate hate speech", adding that creators that violate its guidelines will be punished.

The company said it removed the pages "for glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies".

Alex Jones from Infowars.com speaks during a rally in support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump near the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., July 18, 2016.

Currently, Jones faces several lawsuits for his assertion that the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting, which left 20 children and six adults dead, was a hoax. It follows the company taking down four of Jones' videos last month.

The removal of Jones' podcast from those platforms comes after Spotify deleted some episodes of the Alex Jones Show last week.

"We take reports of hate content seriously and review any podcast episode or song that is flagged by our community", a Spotify spokesperson told NBC News in an email.

The move followed a severe backlash on social media that saw Spotify subscribers threaten to ditch their accounts after the streaming service continued to host Jones" "Infowars' podcast despite blocks from other services. "Last week, we asked @Applehow the harassment of Sandy Hook parents and Vegas shooting victims didn't violate their Terms of Service".

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