YouTube deletes the Alex Jones channel

Leroy Wright
August 7, 2018

Last week, music-streaming service Spotify removed some episodes of "The Alex Jones Show" podcast for breaching its hate content policy.

Apple said Monday it had removed five of six InfoWars podcasts, including "The Alex Jones Show", BuzzFeed News reported.

Apple does not host podcasts, nor does it have any financial relationship with those it catalogues on its directory.

The far-right shock jock had his content removed from the websites due to hate speech and repeated violations of community guidelines.

Major tech companies have begun to ban right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from their services, reflecting a more aggressive enforcement of policies against hate speech following protests on social media. "In addition, one of the admins of these Pages - Alex Jones - was placed in a 30-day block for his role in posting violating content to these Pages", the company said in a statement on Monday.

Mr Jones has been widely criticised for repeating conspiracy theories that the 9/11 attacks in NY were staged by the United States government.

He has also promoted a theory that the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre was faked by left-wing forces to promote gun control.

The gunman Adam Lanza killed 26 people, including 20 children, when he launched his rampage in the CT school. He is now being sued by the families of Sandy Hook over allegations of defamation and harassment.

Infowars responded by accusing the companies of censorship.

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Still, the decisions by Apple, Spotify and Facebook may clear the way for other platforms to take action, now that a precedent has been established. "If you're not trying to organize harm against someone, or attacking someone, then you can put up that content on your page, even if people might disagree with it or find it offensive", Zuckerberg said.

In the spring, Neil Heslin, the father of Jesse Lewis, and Leonard Pozner and Veronique De La Rosa, whose son Noah Pozner was killed, filed separate lawsuits in Travis County, Texas.

Spotify also removed the Alex Jones Show from its podcasts. The parents of two children shot in that attack are suing him for defamation, saying he had made "false, cruel, and risky assertions".

He now admits the shooting occurred but says his claims were free speech. He is seeking to have the cases dismissed. Many of these products are snake oil supplements and doomsday prep items that Jones has a personal financial stake in.

Earlier the same year, Jones made headlines for saying that "the Jewish mafia" was supporting efforts by moderate Republicans to "derail the Trump presidency".

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

It said in a statement: "We take reports of hate content seriously". While Apple only provided a indexing platform for the podcasts and did not host the shows itself, such a move will severely limit the reach of the InfoWars programs.

Writer Greg Rucka tweeted: 'Really kinda appalled by Spotify carrying Alex Jones.

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