Apple has removed almost all of Alex Jones’ Infowars podcasts from iTunes and its Podcast app in a sweeping crackdown on the popular conspiracy theorist.
BuzzFeed first reported the news of Apple’s decision , which has seen the entire library for five of Infowars’ six podcasts scrubbed from the firm’s audio platforms. As of Sunday, just one Infowars show remained — “RealNews” with David Knight.
Apple pointed Business Insider to the statement it provided BuzzFeed. The firm told BuzzFeed that it notified Jones of its plans to pull the podcasts under its hate speech guidelines. Jones is yet to comment on the matter.
“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.
“Podcasts that violate these guidelines are removed from our directory making them no longer searchable or available for download or streaming. We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions.”
Soon after Apple shut down Jones, Spotify removed the “Alex Jones Show” from its podcast directory for repeated violations of its content policy. “I can confirm that Spotify has removed the ‘Alex Jones Show’ – Infowars,” a spokeswoman said. Spotify took down several episodes of the show last week.
Apple’s decision represents the most significant crackdown on Jones from a Silicon Valley giant. Facebook and YouTube both selectively removed four of Jones’ videos from their platforms last month , but the Infowars presenter still has a significant presence on both websites.
Sleeping Giants, an activist organization that vows to “make bigotry and sexism less profitable,” has been lobbying Apple to take action against Jones. It welcomed the company’s decision on Twitter.
Jones is facing defamation lawsuits from the families of Sandy Hook victims after his claims that the school shooting was a hoax. Among his theories on the Las Vegas shooting, he has asked whether gunman Stephen Paddock was “a patsy to kick off the left’s war with the right.”
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