YouTube Has Deleted Info Wars Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones' YouTube Channel

Cheryl Sanders
August 7, 2018

Apple has reportedly axed most of American conspiracy theorist Alex Jones's right-wing Infowars podcasts from iTunes and its podcast app. Spotify and Apple removed the InfoWars podcast from their streaming services, though a number of InfoWars apps are still available for download on the Apple store.

Apple didn't respond to a request for a comment but issued a statement to BuzzFeed.

Facebook explained its actions in a blog post, saying the InfoWars pages have been "unpublished for repeated violations of Community Standards and accumulating too many strikes". If that appeal fails, then the pages will be permanently removed from the site. As such, Monday morning saw Apple, Spotify, and Facebook remove his podcasts and pages from their content rosters while citing hate speech violations.

Facebook had earlier suspended the radio and Internet host's personal profile for 30 days in late July from its site for what the company said was bullying and hate speech.

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.

InfoWars editor-at-large Paul Joseph Watson called the move an attack on free speech and conservative media.

Jones is famous for a string of conspiracy theories, including suggesting that the Sandy Hook and San Bernardino shootings were "false flags".

"Infowars is not "press" & Alex Jones is not a journalist", Reilly wrote.

Spotify, which added Jones to its podcast offerings last month only to be met with widespread criticism and threats of a boycott, is also ending its relationship with Jones. "When users violate these policies repeatedly, like our policies against hate speech and harassment or our terms prohibiting circumvention of our enforcement measures, we terminate their accounts", a Youtube spokesperson told The Epoch Times in an email. YouTube took down four videos from the Infowars channel, which was also slapped with a 90-day suspension from live-streaming.

Pages Facebook has now blocked include the Alex Jones Channel, a separate page dedicated to Alex Jones, Infowars and Infowars Nightly News.

Facebook, a social media giant, announced on Monday that it had removed four pages belonging to Jones - founder of the controversial Infowars brand - for "repeatedly posting content over the past several days" that breaks its community standards. Among the theories he has promoted is that the September 11, 2001, attacks on NY and Washington were staged by the government.

The company said that more content from the pages had since been reported, and it had made a decision to remove them for "repeated violations of community standards and accumulating too many strikes".

Another one of the big five tech companies has turned on Alex Jones.

Apple pointed Business Insider to the statement it provided BuzzFeed, in which it said that it notified Jones of its plans to pull the podcasts under its hate speech guidelines.

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