Facebook, Apple, Spotify Crackdown on Alex Jones and Infowars

Apple drops Infowars and other podcasts from iTunes

Apple drops Infowars and other podcasts from iTunes

Facebook has also suspended Mr Jones' personal account for 30 days after he posted content that the firm said was against its "community standards", although his public page continues to post updates. An Apple spokeswoman said in a statement that the company "does not tolerate hate speech" and publishes guidelines that developers and publishers must follow.

This is the most significant blow yet to both Alex Jones and Infowars, the broadcaster which airs his far right conspiracy theories.

"Facebook bans Infowars. Permanently. We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions".

Representatives for neither YouTube nor Infowars immediately responded to messages seeking comment. Early on Monday, Apple removed five of the six podcasts from Infowars, Alex Jones's site, from its popular podcast directory.

Facebook confirmed Monday that it removed four pages promoting the controversial conspiracy theorist and his content.

Those have been pulled from the iTunes directory, making them no longer searchable or available for download or streaming. "I can confirm that Spotify has removed the "Alex Jones Show" - Infowars", a spokeswoman said.

Among the conspiracy theories Jones has peddled are charges that the U.S. government was behind numerous terrorist attacks, including the September 11, 2001 strikes on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

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Apple has scrubbed almost all of Alex Jones' Infowars podcasts from iTunes and its Podcast app.

Jones says his shows, which are broadcast on radio, YouTube and other platforms, reach at least 70 million people a week.

Jones has been widely criticized for promoting untrue, virulent hypotheses about tragic events like the 2001 terrorist attacks on World Trade Center in NY that killed almost 3,000 people and the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in CT that killed 26 students and staff. Last week, Spotify removed only certain episodes of the podcast, but the music-streaming company said the program continued to defy the rules against hate content.

The development comes amid a crackdown on the broadcaster's material by online platforms - like Facebook - which have removed some of his content.

Facebook has removed four pages for Infowars and its founder, right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, citing violations of its hate speech and bullying policies.

Spotify had also recently come under pressure for hosting Jones' podcasts.

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