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Apple removes Alex Jones and Infowars podcasts

Apple removes Alex Jones and Infowars podcasts
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Apple has removed the majority of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’s podcasts from its library, saying they violated hate speech guidelines.

The company has pulled five of the six Infowars podcasts from the iTunes and Podcast apps, including the "Alex Jones Show" and “War Room,” according to BuzzFeed News.

Apple confirmed to the news outlet that it took down the podcasts and notified Jones that the content violated its policies.

The remaining available podcast is “Real News With David Knight,” an Infowars daily news show. 

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“Podcasts that violate these guidelines are removed from our directory making them no longer searchable or available for download or streaming,” an Apple spokesperson said. “We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions.”

Jones, the founder of Infowars, has faced backlash and legal action for spreading right-wing conspiracy theories, including claiming that the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was staged.

Spotify earlier confirmed to BuzzFeed News that it had removed all episodes of the Alex Jones Show podcast. It removed select episodes last week after some users said they canceled their subscriptions to the music service for streaming the podcast.

YouTube and Facebook also punished Jones and Infowars for violating their policies.

Facebook pulled some of Jones’s videos and temporarily banned him from the platform, while YouTube issued a warning against the Infowars channel for hate speech and child endangerment.