Facebook has cracked down on right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones by removing four of his pages, citing breaches of its community standards.
Jones hosts the daily Alex Jones Show podcast which, along with a number of other Infowars shows, can no longer be found in the Apple directory.
"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", an Apple spokesperson told BuzzFeed News. "We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions".
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Only one programme provided by InfoWars, "RealNews with David Knight" remained on Apple's platforms at the time of publication.
Apple has removed Alex Jones and his Infowars podcasts from iTunes and apps for allegedly violating hate speech policies. "Due to repeated violations of Spotify's prohibited content policies, The Alex Jones Show has lost access to the Spotify platform". Among the theories he has promoted is that the September 11, 2001, attacks on NY and Washington were staged by the government.
InfoWars did not immediately respond to a request for comment sent outside business hours. Facebook previously erased four videos hosted by these pages. The shooting killed 26 children and adults at the elementary school in CT.
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. There are plenty of conservative & liberal podcasts that don't harass the parents of children killed at Sandy Hook or Las Vegas shooting victims.
The pages include one for Jones' flagship radio show InfoWars as well as his fan page.
While he began broadcasting his shows in 1999, Jones' profile has spread from the far-right fringe in recent years.
Jones, who faces several defamation lawsuits arising from his claim that the mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School was a hoax, argues that his statements are protected speech.
"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".
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