Apple has wiped iTunes and its podcasting app virtually clean of content by Alex Jones, in one of the most aggressive moves by technology companies and streaming services against the conspiracy theorist and owner of the right-wing media platform Infowars. Jones, who is the administrator of the pages, was placed on a 30-day block, Facebook said.
Jones has been widely criticized for promoting conspiracy theories surrounding the 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in NY and the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in CT.
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Sleeping Giant, a social media activism organization that had been lobbying Apple to stop listing material by Jones, celebrated the move in a statement on Twitter.
The spokesperson added the company "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".
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. "Podcasts that violate these guidelines are removed from our directory making them no longer searchable or available for download or streaming".
The theories he has promoted include that the September 11, 2001 attacks on NY and Washington were staged by the USA government.
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He has also promoted a theory that the Sandy Hook massacre was faked by leftwing forces to promote gun control.
Upon review, we have taken it 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 shooting killed 26 children and adults at the elementary school in CT.
Neither Jones nor a representative for InfoWars were available early on Monday for comment.
In addition, over the weekend, Spotify removed all episodes of "The Alex Jones Show" from its service after initially pulling just four segments last week.
Also in July, YouTube slapped Jones" channel with a "community strike, ' blocking him from broadcasting live on the site for 90 days. Spotify took down several episodes of the show last week.
Facebook is not the only social platform to take steps against InfoWars.
Since founding Infowars in 1999, Jones has built a vast audience.