Facebook removes pages belonging to conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for hate, bullying

07 August, 2018, 14:17 | Author: Irvin Gilbert
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Apple's decision came after other popular tech platforms, including Spotify, Facebook and YouTube, had removed some of Jones's offending content.

For now, Apple is still hosting one Infowars show - Real News with David Knight, it's not clear why this was unaffected.

Apple was pressured by members of the media and activists to remove InfoWars from its platform.

Alex Jones and his Infowars channels have been removed from YouTube; Facebook and Apple's iTunes have also deleted most or all of his outlets on their services.

Soon thereafter, Jones and his podcast was banned by Spotify and five of the six Infowars podcasts were removed from Apple.

Jones was not available to respond to news agency requests for comment on Monday. After Jones sought to skip the suspension by broadcasting live on other YouTube channels, the online video platform said it closed down all of his affiliated channels. On his show, InfoWars, he peddles conspiracy theories, ranging from claiming the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in 2012 was staged by the government to stating the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack was an "inside job". The shooting killed 26 children and adults at the elementary school in CT.

Jones is now being sued in Texas by two Sandy Hook parents, seeking at least $1 million (£0.77 million), claiming that they have been the subject of harassment driven by his programs.

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"We believe in giving people a voice, but we also want everyone using Facebook to feel safe", the company said in a statement.

For its part, Apple removed most of Jones' podcasts, AFP confirmed, after the action was initially reported by Buzzfeed news.

But CNBC noted Apple took down entire libraries of InfoWars podcasts rather than a select few episodes. But he continued to regularly appear on Facebook after the suspension, showing up in livestreams hosted by other accounts, and even making first-person posts to his personal page, by publishing them using the accounts of other administrators in Infowars.

It charges Jones and his companies "concoct elaborate and false paranoia-tinged conspiracy theories because it moves product and they make money". The parents of two children shot in that attack are suing him for defamation, saying he had made "false, cruel, and unsafe assertions". Families of Sandy Hook victims have filed lawsuits against Jones for defamation. Lastly, Spotify removed Jones' podcasts from its service too. Last week Spotify removed select episodes of the conspiracy theorist's show, citing its "hateful content" guidelines.

Jones remains on YouTube, where he has almost 2.5 million subscribers.

Alex Jones Took To Twitter To Complain About "This Hate Speech BS".

"Fight them. Politically. Never stop". "I mean this is someone who has shared the addresses of Sandy Hook parents a couple of years ago, and this is someone who a lot of critics say has engaged in targeted harassment campaigns".

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