Monday, August 6, 2018
Apple Is Removing Alex Jones And Infowars' Podcasts From iTunes
The remarkable assault on Alex Jones and Infowars continues.
Apple has removed the entire library for five of Infowars' six podcasts from its iTunes and Podcast apps, BuzzFeed News reports. Among the podcasts, which were removed from Apples' iTunes directory, are the show "War Room" as well as the popular Alex Jones Show podcast.
In a statement Sunday evening to BuzzFeed News, Apple confirmed that it notified Jones of the decision to remove the five shows under its hate speech guidelines earlier this weekend. "Apple does not tolerate hate speech, and we have clear guidelines that creators and developers must follow to ensure we provide a safe environment for all of our users," a company spokesperson said. "Podcasts that violate these guidelines are removed from our directory making them no longer searchable or available for download or streaming. We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions.”
Apple as a private company that can certainly do whatever it chooses but as the operator of a general platform one can be outraged by its actions. First, they came for Alex Jones.
Separately, a Spotify spokesperson confirmed on Monday morning that the company has also removed all episodes of The Alex Jones Show, after it removed some selected episodes last week.
These removals follow enforcement actions by Facebook and YouTube.
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