Apple Pulls Five InfoWars Podcasts From iTunes Over 'Hate Speech'

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Following similar action taken by Apple, Facebook and Spotify, YouTube banned the channel of Infowars founder Alex Jones Monday morning.

At present, only the InfoWars podcast, "Real News With David Knight", is still available via Apple's Podcast app or iTunes. It removed many top channels associated with InfoWars, including The Alex Jones Channel, which had 2.4 million subscribers and videos that were viewed over 1.5 billion times.

Apple was pressured by members of the media and activists to remove InfoWars from its platform. Spotify removed several episodes of "The Alex Jones Show" last week, citing violations of its policy against hateful speech.

Apple pointed Business Insider to the statement it provided BuzzFeed, in which it said that it notified Jones of its plans to pull the podcasts under its hate speech guidelines.

Jones is famous for a string of conspiracy theories, including suggesting that the Sandy Hook and San Bernardino shootings were "false flags". Jones is now facing several defamation suits stemming from his claims that school shootings like the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre and this year's Parkland shooting were "false flag" operations put on by left-wing forces in order to drum up support for gun control policies. He is now being sued by the families of Sandy Hook over allegations of defamation and harassment.

Early Monday Spotify hardened its stance against Jones.

In a statement to BuzzFeed, Apple said it "does not tolerate hate speech".

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He called Putin a personal friend and expressed a desire to improve relations between the United States and Russian Federation . He has also been accused of sexual misconduct by several women amid the viral #MeToo campaign, which he has denied.

Prior to its action Monday, YouTube removed four of Jones' videos from his channel two weeks ago and suspended him from broadcasting live for 90 days saying the channel violated the company's graphic content policy. War Room and the Alex Jones Show podcast were also scrubbed from their service.

Facebook said in a statement the company removed the pages due to repeated violations of its ethical standards against "hate speech that attacks or dehumanizes others". "Last week, we asked @Applehow the harassment of Sandy Hook parents and Vegas shooting victims didn't violate their Terms of Service".

He was sued for defamation by families of some of the children killed in that attack, which left 20 children and six adults dead.

"The Alex Jones Show" available on the InforWars app. Several families affected by the shooting, and an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who responded to the attack, have sued Jones for defamation. He has sought to have the lawsuit dismissed. Many of these products are snake oil supplements and doomsday prep items that Jones has a personal financial stake in. The lack of transparency is also problematic and as of this release, Facebook, Apple and Spotify have provided no detailed explanation for the ban.

Jones, known for his animated style, has been criticized in the media for discussing controversial, sometimes unverified, claims on his show.

YouTube Alex Jones' YouTube channel was removed on Monday for violating the website's guidelines, a spokesperson said.

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