Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Facebook removes conspiracy monger Alex Jones for hate, bullying

Facebook removes conspiracy monger Alex Jones for hate, bullying

Apple, in turn, confirmed to BuzzFeed news on Sunday that it had removed five out of six of the podcasts from Jones' right-wing media platform InfoWars that had been available over the company's iTunes and podcast apps.

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

Apple and Facebook both recently removed content hosted by InfoWars host Alex Jones, continuing a number of recent punishments handed down by tech companies in recent weeks.

In other recent actions against Jones, Facebook suspended his personal profile from the site for 30 days in late July for what the company said was bullying and hate speech. Similarly to Facebook, Youtube has banned Jones live broadcasting for 90 days and removed four of his videos, citing his violation of their graphic content policy.

"(It's) a risky cliff that these social media companies are jumping off to satisfy CNN and other liberal outlets", Bozell said in a statement.

"We believe in giving people a voice, but we also want everyone using Facebook to feel safe", the social media outlet said in a statement.

Facebook said in a statement the company removed the pages due to repeated violations of its ethical standards against "hate speech that attacks or dehumanizes others".

It's unclear exactly how many episodes were ditched, although the vast majority of content created by Jones remains available to Spotify users. If he doesn't, the pages will be banned permanently.

"Consistent with our existing policies, we take action against accounts that repeatedly save content that could lead to harm", a company spokesperson said.

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Alex Jones just lost a few big platforms for promulgating his conspiracy theories.

Music and podcast streaming service Spotify followed suit on Monday too, with it removing all of Jones's Infowars programmes.

"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.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said that although he is "no fan" of Jones, "Free speech includes views you disagree with".

As Spotify spokeserson told The FADER: "We take reports of hate content seriously and review any podcast episode or song that is flagged by our community".

While Jones has been widely criticized for spreading fake news-like "Pizzagate", the completely baseless claim that senior Democrats were running a pedophile ring in the basement of a DC pizzeria-disseminating untrue information isn't considered grounds for removing content from either YouTube or Facebook.

The Facebook ban comes as YouTube, Apple, and Spotify also removed Jones's incendiary podcasts for hate speech and harassment.

The social media platform said in a statement that it had "unpublished" the Alex Jones Channel Page, the Alex Jones Page, the InfoWars Page and the Infowars Nightly News Page.

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