Apple kicks Alex Jones and Infowars podcasts from iTunes

Apple remove podcasts by Infowars' notorious host Alex Jones

The move followed similar decisions by Apple and Spotify, which removed Jones' podcasts shortly before Facebook removed Jones' fan page and the one for his radio show InfoWars on Monday.

Apple has removed Alex Jones and Infowars podcasts from its iTunes and Podcast apps, BuzzFeed reported Sunday night. "I can confirm that Spotify has removed the "Alex Jones Show" - Infowars", a spokeswoman said. Spotify decided that Jones' podcasts were "hate content" and removed several from its platform.

Facebook said on Monday that four pages belonging to Jones were removed for violating the social network's policy against hate speech.

Jones and Infowars have faced accusations of using these platforms to spread falsehoods and conspiracy theories.

Some of his conspiracy theories include the United States government staging the 9/11 attacks in NY and Washington, and the idea that the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre was faked by the left-wing to promote gun control.

Monday marks exactly three months before the November 6 midterm elections - timing that had Jones and Infowars crying foul.

The free app, released in July 2018, provides the ability to live-stream Infowars shows including Real News, The Alex Jones Show and War Room and access articles.

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"He went on a sustained attack that has lasted for years, accusing shattered family members of being actors, stating as fact that the shooting itself was a hoax and inciting others to act on these malicious lies", Koskoff said in a statement at the time.

In a statement to BuzzFeed, Apple confirmed it had also removed Jones' podcast for violating its guidelines on hate speech. But a YouTube spokesperson told CNN that "When users violate ... policies repeatedly, like our policies against hate speech and harassment or our terms prohibiting circumvention of our enforcement measures, we terminate their accounts".

YouTube has banned Alex Jones, the controversial right-wing activist whose Infowars site has already been taken off of Facebook and Apple. One of the groups that put a spotlight on Facebook, YouTube and Apple helping to distribute Infowars content had been Sleeping Giants, a progressive activism group that has also been organizing advertiser boycotts against other far-right media outlets.

"All four Pages have been unpublished for repeated violations of Community Standards and accumulating too many strikes". In a statement, Apple said it "does not tolerate hate speech" and said it believes in "representing a wide range of views" so long as people are "respectful" of those with differing opinions. Spotify took down several episodes of the show last week.

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.

"We take reports of hate content seriously and review any podcast episode or song that is flagged by our community", a representative said Monday.

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