After YouTube began removing videos from Infowars founder Alex Jones’ main channel in late July, Apple joined a growing number of online services removing Infowars content on the grounds of hate speech or conspiracy violations.
Known for circulating theories such as the United States orchestrating the 9/11 terrorist attacks or the survivors of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting being crisis actors, Facebook and Spotify are also part of the movement removing Infowars pages and podcasts from their platforms.
Facebook had earlier warned Jones about possible violations and suspension, but later revealed in a statement that it removed four pages related to Jones claiming “we have taken it down for glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies.”
Spotify began removing episodes of Infowars podcasts under its hate speech policy also. The same hate speech removal policy was previously and controversially used against R. Kelly and XXXTentacion whose music were removed from Spotify playlists as a result before later being restored.
Apple promptly followed suit by removing a majority of Infowars and Alex Jones’ podcasts from its own services over the weekend, but YouTube went even further and fully banned The Alex Jones Show channel this Monday.
In an livestream on Periscope, Jones claimed the reason behind the removals are a result of the E.U.’s pressure for social media networks to address fake news under the guise of hate speech. Infowars later tweeted the removals are caused by "communist censorship."
America Has Been Sold Out To Communist Censorship pic.twitter.com/3fHienYKpn
— infowars (@infowars) August 6, 2018
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