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Apple remove podcasts by Infowars' notorious host Alex Jones

06 August 2018

Apple has removed hundreds of podcasts by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his InfoWars brand from its iTunes and Podcasts apps.

Apple told BuzzFeed that it had removed the entire library for five of Jones's six Infowars podcasts including the shows "War Room" and the daily "The Alex Jones Show".

"Apple does not tolerate hate speech, and we have clear guidelines that creators and developers must follow to ensure we provide a safe environment for all of our users", the company said in a statement to The Washington Post.

"Podcasts that violate these guidelines are removed from our directory making them no longer searchable or available for download or streaming", Apple said in a statement.

It also said they represent various views if "people are respectful to those with differing opinions".

One Infowars podcast remains on the platform: "Real News With David Knight".

Facebook said the pages were taken down "for glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies".

The removal of Jones' podcast from those platforms comes after Spotify deleted some episodes of the Alex Jones Show last week.

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

Facebook has shut down InfoWars' page saying the conservative news outlet used hate speech.

iTunes was not the only way Jones distributed his podcasts, but BuzzFeed reported that Apple's platform is the largest podcast index on the Internet.

Infowars didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

He has also claimed that many of children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre were actors.

The shooting left 26 children and adults dead at a CT elementary school.

YouTube, which is dealing with its own fake news problem, recently hit Jones and InfoWars with a second "strike", but the man and his show have not been banned yet from their service.

Since founding Infowars in 1999, Jones has built a vast audience. "While much of the discussion around Infowars has been related to false news, which is a serious issue that we are working to address by demoting links marked wrong by fact checkers and suggesting additional content, none of the violations that spurred today's removals were related to this", it said. "Last week, we asked @Applehow the harassment of Sandy Hook parents and Vegas shooting victims didn't violate their Terms of Service".

Apple remove podcasts by Infowars' notorious host Alex Jones