Apple removes conspiracy theory personality Alex Jones from iTunes over hate speech

The streaming service Spotify also expanded a ban imposed last week on some of Jones' content, saying Monday that "The Alex Jones Show has lost access to the Spotify platform".

Following Apple's announcement, Facebook, Spotify, and YouTube all deleted pages and podcasts related to Jones.

In a statement to BuzzFeed, Apple said it "does not tolerate hate speech".

'Spotify can confirm it has removed specific episodes of 'The Alex Jones Show´ podcast for violating our hate content policy, ' a spokesperson said late Sunday. Also on Monday, the entirety of hundreds of episodes of "The Alex Jones Show" had been removed from music streaming service Spotify.

YouTube had removed a handful of videos posted by Jones for violating the site's community guidelines last month.

Among his claims is that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting, which left 20 children and six adults dead, was a hoax.

Apple's decision to remove all episodes of Jones' popular show - rather than just specific offending episodes - is one of the largest enforcement actions meant to curb conspiratorial news content by a technology company to date. Twitter, which hasn't banned Jones, has also faced similar calls.

Some also noted the curious way that Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify all chose to ban Jones at exactly the same time, despite the fact that he had been active on their platforms for years.

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The embattled Silicon Valley company says the InfoWars' pages were removed after users complained the news outlet published content that possessed "dehumanizing language", to "describe people who are transgender, Muslims, and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies".

Apple have removed shows involving Alex Jones from its podcast directory, the most significant blow yet to one of the world's most notorious conspiracy theorists and a vocal supporter of President Donald Trump.

On Monday, Facebook announced it removed four of the host's pages for "repeatedly posting content over the past several days" which it said broke its community standards.

The move by Apple is the most sweeping of a recent crackdown on Jones's programmes by online sites.

Facebook says the pushing of "fake news" had nothing to do with Jones' removal. Those taken down include War Room and The Alex Jones Show daily podcast.

Jones is well-known for his conspiracy theories about major historical events like September 11th, and for often random assertions, like his belief that Jews have in the past dressed up as Nazis in order to exaggerate the size of the extremist far-right.

"A lot of the tech platforms were anxious about taking the first step and now that Apple has made the dive, you're going to see other platforms respond in a reactive way", Dockray said in an interview with Cheddar. In its blog post it said that pages that are unpublished are still able to go through an appeal process to fight the termination of their content.

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