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Spotify users cancel service over Alex Jones podcast

Spotify users cancel service over Alex Jones podcast
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Some Spotify users are cancelling their subscriptions after discovering that the streaming service hosts “The Alex Jones Show,” featuring the Infowars founder.

Users angered by the show's inclusion on Spotify have tweeted that they cancelled their subscriptions, according to Vox. Others have requested that Spotify stop hosting the show: A request on Spotify's community website asking the service to ban the podcast has more than 1,500 votes as of Wednesday afternoon.

"We take reports of hate content seriously and review any podcast episode or song that is flagged by our community," a Spotify spokesperson told The Hill in a statement. "Spotify can confirm it has removed specific episodes of ‘The Alex Jones Show’ podcast for violating our hate content policy."

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Jones, a conspiracy theorist who founded the site Infowars, has faced backlash for spreading unfounded claims. Jones has said the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School was staged and involved a cover-up.

Those remarks led parents of children killed in the shooting to file a defamation lawsuit against him. Jones is asking the court to dismiss their lawsuit.

HuffPost reported that some Twitter users have used a New York Times report on the Sandy Hook lawsuit to push for Spotify to pull the show.

And music service SlackerRadio tweeted Wednesday that it is an "Alex-Jones-free zone."

 

 

YouTube issued a strike against the Infowars channel last week for hate speech and child endangerment. Facebook also temporarily banned Jones from the platform last week for 30 days for violating its community guidelines, and pulled four videos posted on pages run by Jones and Infowars.

Spotify has restricted some content in the past, removing R. Kelly's music from Spotify-created playlists under a new “hateful content policy” after allegations of sexual misconduct were made against the singer. The company later walked back the policy.

Updated at 4:20 p.m.