Facebook removes Alex Jones pages for hate, bullying

Apple drops Infowars and other podcasts from iTunes

Apple removes podcasts by Infowars' Alex Jones

Facebook said the four pages - "the Alex Jones Channel Page, the Alex Jones Page, the Infowars Page and the Infowars Nightly News Page" - had been removed "for repeated violations of Community Standards and accumulating too many strikes".

Apple has removed the listings of five podcasts operated by Alex Jones, including all episodes of the Infowars podcast, BuzzFeed reported.

According to the report, Apple's mass removal of the podcasts is one of the largest crackdowns on "conspiratorial news content" by a technology company.

Rather, today's bans were due to violations of its community standards policies and its "strike system."For people, including Page admins, the effects of a strike vary depending on the severity of the violation and a person's history on Facebook", it wrote".

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In a statement, Apple told Buzzfeed News: "We have clear guidelines that creators and developers must follow to ensure we provide a safe environment for all of our users".

Only one Infowars show - Real News with David Knight - remains accessible.

"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.

Spotify, which added Jones to its podcast offerings last month only to be met with widespread criticism and threats of a boycott, is also ending its relationship with Jones.

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Since founding Infowars in 1999, Jones has built a vast audience. Now Facebook has unpublished the pages for glorifying violence and "using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies", the company said. Jones and Infowars had a combined total of more than 2.5 million followers on Facebook across their pages. The company said the removal of the four pages on Monday was unrelated.

Neither Jones nor a representative for Infowars was available for comment.

Jones is a conservative radio host and conspiracy theorist who, among other things, claimed the 2012 Sandy Hook elementary school massacre was a hoax. "Last week, we asked @Applehow the harassment of Sandy Hook parents and Vegas shooting victims didn't violate their Terms of Service".

The move followed a severe backlash on social media that saw Spotify subscribers threaten to ditch their accounts after the streaming service continued to host Jones" "Infowars' podcast despite blocks from other services.

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'Spotify can confirm it has removed specific episodes of 'The Alex Jones Show´ podcast for violating our hate content policy, ' a spokesperson said late Sunday.

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