Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Infowars app surges in popularity after tech platforms move against Alex Jones

Infowars app surges in popularity after tech platforms move against Alex Jones

Within an hour of the CNN story going live, more than a dozen videos and tweets from Jones's account began disappearing from the platform.

Apple said it regularly monitors all apps for content violations.

Social media platforms stole the spotlight this week after Facebook, Apple, and YouTube banned multiple personalities over their controversial content; raising serious questions over who can regulate information dispersed to millions of Americans.

Among other claims, he has called the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting a hoax. The podcast app allowed access to an extensive list of previous episodes, subjecting all of those past episodes to Apple's content rules.

The Infowars Official app has become the App Store's third most-downloaded news app this week after Apple removed access on Sunday to some of Jones' podcasts from its digital store.

On August 5, Apple pulled five of six Infowars podcasts from iTunes and its podcast apps.

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A deeper dive into Apple's guidelines says the company bans apps that feature "content that is offensive, insensitive, upsetting, meant to disgust, or in exceptionally poor taste", according to Buzzfeed News.

"So, these are models that are looking at behaviors and behaviors of bad-faith actors who intend to manipulate, distract, divide a conversation or to unfairly amplify their content which they didn't earn so those are the signals that factor in and we do rank search, we do rank trends and we do rank conversations accordingly", Dorsey said. Family members of some of the victims are suing Jones for defamation. He has sought to have the lawsuit dismissed.

While running for president in 2015, Donald Trump told Jones his reputation was 'amazing'. However, after that removal, some were perplexed when Apple didn't remove the InfoWars app as well.

Jones' Facebook account has also been suspended for 30 days but he still has a "verified" Twitter account.

Regarding what does constitute a violation of Twitter's rules, Dorsey said "any sort of violent speech - encouragement toward violence, harassment - is directly against our terms of service, and we take immediate action on it".

Dorsey continued defending his decisions to Hannity, who at one point in the interview, argued that maybe the community on Twitter should decide such issues.

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