Facebook removes 4 pages from InfoWars, Alex Jones

Ruben Fields
August 6, 2018

The announcement comes just as Apple announced it had removed the entire library of five out of six Infowars' podcasts, saying the video and audio files had violated its policy against hate speech.

In a statement to The Washington Post, Apple confirmed its decision to remove Jones' shows from its directory, a move first reported by BuzzFeed.

Facebook announced on Monday that it had removed four pages belonging to U.S. conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for "repeatedly posting content over the past several days" that breaks its community standards. Facebook took down Jones's personal profile for 30 days and removed four videos it said violated the social media company's community standards.

Conspiracy theorist and online troll Alex Jones got more bad news on Monday as YouTube banned Jones' channel on YouTube.

In the absence of an appeal, or it the appeal fails, the pages will be permanently deleted.

It also said they represent various views if "people are respectful to those with differing opinions".

Representatives for neither YouTube nor Infowars immediately responded to messages seeking comment.

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Several episodes of Mr Jones' show were also removed from Spotify on Thursday for violating the music app's "hate content policy".

"All four Pages have been unpublished for repeated violations of Community Standards and accumulating too many strikes", Facebook explained.

"Podcasts that violate these guidelines are removed from our directory making them no longer searchable or available for download or streaming", Apple said in a statement. The free app, released in July 2018, provides the ability to live-stream Infowars shows including Real News, The Alex Jones Show and War Room and access articles. Jones and Infowars had a combined total of more than 2.5 million followers on Facebook across their pages.

Jones is facing defamation lawsuits from the families of Sandy Hook victims after his claims that the school shooting was a hoax.

Among the theories Jones has promoted is that the September 11 attacks on NY and Washington were staged by the government.

Facebook is not the only social platform to take steps against InfoWars. The policy warns that repeat offenders will be removed from the platform.

Apple's decision to remove all episodes of Jones' popular show - rather than just specific offending episodes - is one of the largest enforcement actions meant to curb conspiratorial news content by a technology company to date.

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