YouTube removes Alex Jones’ official channel for violating guidelines

Apple drops Infowars and other podcasts from iTunes

Apple drops Infowars and other podcasts from iTunes

The spokesperson did not a return a request for clarification on its decision to retain the program hosted by David Knight, whose contributor page on Infowars indicates that he is a libertarian activist and small-business owner.

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Facebook is not the only social media platform cracking down on Mr. Jones. At the same time, Facebook has been criticized by conservatives for what they perceive as a liberal bias against conservative outlets. Jones is infamous for his conspiracy theories, and you can be sure that anyone who religiously garners information from InfoWars must be filled with hatred towards a particular race, religion, or sex.

Jones is known for falsely claiming the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School was staged by actors. Facebook followed suit, taking down four of Jones's most popular pages and effectively banning him from the site.

In its statement, Facebook said it was removing content from four pages associated with Jones for "glorifying violence" and "using dehumanizing language". Former UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage tweeted that Jones was "the victim today of collusion by the big tech giants".

Apple was first to take action against Jones, with BuzzFeed reporting that it scrubbed the entire library for five of Infowars' six podcasts from iTunes and its Podcast app.

Spotify also removed the "Alex Jones Show" from its podcast directory for violations of its content policy. Entering the web addresses for specific shows brought up a notice that the content is not available. Spotify removed The Alex Jones Show on Monday, The Guardian reported, but left up Infowars other podcasts.

Monday marks exactly three months before the November 6 midterm elections - timing that had Jones and Infowars crying foul. In a short message on the page, Youtube said: "This account has been terminated for violating YouTube's Community Guidelines".

Jones says his shows, which are broadcast on radio, YouTube and other platforms reach upwards of 70 million people per week. "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". Even if Alex Jones is simply a character created to sell garbage supplements to gullible people, the things he says are not kosher on the platforms he has now been booted from. The parents of two children shot in that attack are suing him for defamation, saying he had made "false, cruel, and risky assertions".

Jones faces defamation lawsuits filed by the families of the Sandy Hook victims in Texas and another filed in CT that included an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent as a plaintiff.

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