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Spreaker Removes Alex Jones Podcasts

09 August 2018

Spotify and Apple removed the InfoWars podcast from their streaming services, though a number of InfoWars apps are still available for download on the Apple store.

Well known for pushing conspiracy theories, Infowars has not only claimed that Sandy Hook was a hoax, but promoted a theory that the moon landings were "fake" and that the 9/11 attacks were a so-called "false flag" (a covert government operation created to deceive citizens).

Twitter is on fire with debate over nearly simultaneous decisions by Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify to take action against controversial right-wing YouTube host Alex Jones' and his InfoWars channel citing "hate speech".

Facebook said on Monday that four pages belonging to Jones were removed for violating the social network's policy against hate speech. This is political censorship.

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Over the past several days, Apple, YouTube and Spotify have also removed material published by Jones.

ABC News has reached out to Jones but a request for comment were not immediately returned. "If you post something that goes against our standards, which cover things like hate speech that attacks or dehumanizes others, we will remove it from Facebook". Some people were delighted to see the controversial host banned and expressed disappointment that Twitter had not yet moved against InfoWars. The policy warns that repeat offenders will be removed from the platform. As of Monday, iTunes searches for "Infowars" or "Alex Jones" turned up no podcasts created by Jones.

Conspiracy theorist and radio talk show host Alex Jones speaks during a rally in support of Donald Trump near the Republican National Convention July 18, 2016 in Cleveland. The social site also placed Alex Jones on a 30-day block for his role in posting violating content to these Pages. He has already been slapped with three separate defamation lawsuits by the families of children who lost children in the Sandy Hook massacre.

"The establishment is making its move against free speech here in America", Jones said afterward, adding on Twitter "What conservative news outlet will be next?"

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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".

The more sweeping action taken by Apple shows how companies have responded differently to the task of regulating false information and hate speech while remaining a neutral platform.

Also on Monday, Spotify said it had taken down hundreds of episodes of Jones' show - representing the entire catalog - because they ran afoul of the streaming company's rules regarding hate speech.

At no time did Jones mention the reason the websites gave for permanently removing him: because he violated policies on graphic violence and hate speech.

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Spreaker Removes Alex Jones Podcasts