YouTube removes Alex Jones’ official channel for violating guidelines

06 August, 2018, 23:45 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
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Twitter is on fire with debate over nearly simultaneous decisions by Facebook, Apple, YouTube and Spotify to take action against controversial right-wing YouTube host Alex Jones' and his InfoWars channel citing "hate speech".

Apple deleted most Infowars podcasts and a spokeswoman said in a statement that the company "does not tolerate hate speech" and publishes guidelines that developers and publishers must follow.

Most of United States conspiracy theorist Alex Jones's podcasts from his right-wing media platform Infowars have been removed from Apple's iTunes and podcast apps, the media news website BuzzFeed quoted a company spokesman as saying on Sunday. Several families affected by the shooting, and an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who responded to the attack, have sued Jones for defamation. Apple cited a breach of their hate speech guidelines as the reason for dropping Alex Jones' work.

The move by Facebook is the latest crackdown on Jones, who has recently had content removed from other platforms.

Oh, and Jones also took the opportunity to ask his audience to give him money and buy his website's quack merch. Banning a podcast or page or video channel on the grounds that it constitutes hate speech is very different from banning something for containing disinformation.

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

The pages violated Facebook's hate speech, bullying and graphic violence policies, Facebook said, noting that since last week it had taken down material from the pages for "glorifying violence".

Facebook announced today that it removed four pages belonging to Infowars host Alex Jones "for repeatedly posting content over the past several days that breaks" the social media company's community standards. Apple moved first to stop showing results for his podcasts - save one - from appearing in the iTunes library, then Facebook and YouTube made a decision to remove the main InfoWars pages from their sites.

Some applauded the companies including Sleeping Giants, a lobbying group attempting to get big tech companies to remove hateful content. Facebook did not immediately respond Monday asking what would happen after the 30 days are up, and why it hadn't taken action earlier.

Spreading inaccurate information, as Jones does with his conspiracy theories, is not enough to merit a ban from Facebook.

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Apple's move Sunday to remove five of six Infowars-related podcasts including "The Alex Jones Show" and "War Room" from its directories - first reported by Buzzfeed News - seemed to serve as a domino effect.

"I'd be curious to see if companies become braver and braver in the next few weeks and just start removing more podcasts and more shows because they're jumping in on this together", Dockray said.

Mr. Watson likened American news outlets and social media outlets to the Russian and Chinese governments and accused them of censorship.

Welcome to Alex Jones' awful, horrible, no good, chemtrail-filled day.

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