ITunes ditches podcasts from controversial InfoWars creator Alex Jones

ITunes ditches podcasts from controversial InfoWars creator Alex Jones

Some of Infowars notorious assertions have included claiming that 9/11 was perpetrated by "globalists" in the United States government; that the deadly mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 was a hoax; and that David Hogg, one of the students who survived the February 2018 shooting massacre in Parkland, Florida, was a paid actor.

InfoWars did not immediately respond to a request for comment sent outside business hours.

"We take reports of hate content seriously and review any podcast episode or song that is flagged by our community", a spokesperson said Monday.

BuzzFeed News reported that Alex Jones' website, home to batty conspiracy theories and Super Male Vitality - a $59.95 vial of a substance you apply to your penis - had six podcasts hosted on iTunes and Apple's Podcast app, including the flagship Alex Jones Show.

The move by Apple is the most sweeping of a recent crackdown on Jones's programs by Facebook and other online sites that have suspended or removed some of his conspiracy-driven content. Last week, Facebook removed four videos on four of Jones' pages for violating its hate speech and bullying policies, according to a statement put out by the media platform. The free app, released in July 2018, provides the ability to live-stream Infowars shows including Real News, The Alex Jones Show and War Room and access articles. Those claims have resulted in harassment directed at Sandy Hook families and supporters. The parents of two children shot in that attack are suing him for defamation, saying he had made "false, cruel, and unsafe assertions". He has sought to have the lawsuit dismissed. It also banned Jones' profile from posting to the social network for 30 days.

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Spotify, a music and podcast streaming company, followed suit last week when it removed some specific episodes of Jones's programmes.

UPDATE: Aug. 6, 2018, 12:15 p.m. BST Spotify confirmed to Mashable that it has removed The Alex Jones Show - Infowars. But he continued to regularly appear on Facebook after the suspension, showing up in livestreams hosted by other accounts, and even making first-person posts to his personal page, by publishing them using the accounts of other administrators in Infowars.

It's unclear exactly how many episodes were ditched, although the vast majority of content created by Jones remains available to Spotify users.

Writer Greg Rucka tweeted: 'Really kinda appalled by Spotify carrying Alex Jones.

'Alex Jones has been responsible for harassing parents of Sandy Hook children, Vegas shooting victims and threatening to kill the Special Counsel.

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