Facebook removes Alex Jones and Infowars content

06 Août, 2018, 21:27 | Auteur: Christine Menetries

Apple has removed the American conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from its podcast directory, in the most significant move yet by a major technology company against the broadcaster.

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.

One Infowars podcast remains on the platform: "Real News With David Knight".

Facebook says it has taken down four pages belonging to rightwing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, including two featuring his "Infowars" show, for violating its hate speech and bullying policies.

The pages were taken down for "glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanising language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants".

Spotify also took action on Monday, The Guardian reported, removing every episode of The Alex Jones Show. If that appeal fails, then the pages will be permanently removed from the site.

"We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions", Facebook wrote in a statement.

Infowars did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Apple and Facebook have joined Spotify in cracking down on content from Infowars founder Alex Jones on their platforms. All four Pages have been unpublished for repeated violations of Community Standards and accumulating too many strikes.

Facebook isn't alone in pulling content from Jones and Infowars.

Among the conspiracy theories Jones has peddled are charges that the United States government was behind numerous terrorist attacks, including the September 11, 2001 strikes on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

In reality, the fact that tech companies acted now, after tolerating Infowars on their platforms for years, has much more to do with mounting outside pressure. "When users violate these policies repeatedly, like our policies against hate speech and harassment or our terms prohibiting circumvention of our enforcement measures, we terminate their accounts".

Jones and Infowars have frequently posted conspiracy theories about the 9/11 terrorist attacks as well as the Sandy Hook school shooting.

Spotify, a music and podcast streaming company, said on Monday that it had now removed all of Jones's Infowars programs from its platform. It also suspended the personal profile of Jones.

"The establishment is making its move against free speech here in America", said Jones afterwards.

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