Facebook said in a blog post on Monday that it was banning four of the pages belonging to Infowars founder Alex Jones for repeatedly uploading content in breach of the social network's community standards.
Apple has dropped episodes of a controversial podcast run by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones (file photo), following similar bans by Spotify, Facebook and YouTube. Five of those, and their entire libraries, were removed on Sunday night. "Podcasts that violate these guidelines are removed from our directory making them no longer searchable or available for download or streaming".
"We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions", Facebook wrote in a statement.
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Only one programme provided by InfoWars, "RealNews with David Knight" remained on Apple's platforms at the time of publication. Last week, Facebook removed four videos on four of Jones' pages for violating its hate speech and bullying policies, according to a statement put out by the media platform. Among the theories he has promoted is that the September 11, 2001, attacks on NY and Washington were staged by the government.
Jones has not directly addressed the elimination of his content on these platforms, but did retweet a few people, including InfoWars employee Paul Joseph Watson, who criticized the move as an attack on free speech.
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Infowars did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A Spotify spokesperson told BuzzFeed that the company's hate content policy prohibits anything that "expressly and principally promotes, advocates, or incites hatred or violence against a group or individual based on characteristics".
He has also promoted a theory that the Sandy Hook massacre was faked by leftwing forces to promote gun control.
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Perhaps the tech companies that have continued to give Jones' risky rhetoric and conspiracies a platform finally got a shove when Jones' own attorney, defending the host against a lawsuit brought by parents of victims in the Sandy Hook school shooting, said "no reasonable reader or listener" would actually believe Jones' nonsense. "We take reports of hate content seriously and review any podcast episode or song that is flagged by our community", a Spotify spokesperson said. "Last week, we asked @Applehow the harassment of Sandy Hook parents and Vegas shooting victims didn't violate their Terms of Service".