Facebook removes USA conspiracy theorist's pages for hate speech

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Facebook said they have removed the four pages from their platforms for violating their graphic violence and hate speech policies.

Apple said Jones' podcasts that violated its guidelines were removed from its directory "making them no longer searchable or available for download or streaming".

Meanwhile, Facebook removed four pages related to Jones: the Alex Jones Channel page, the Alex Jones page, the InfoWars page and the Infowars Nightly News page.

Meanwhile, Facebook and YouTube has also suspended Jones and removed certain videos and personal pages for violating their policies.


Others were less pleased with the decision and said it was nothing more than censorship of conservative and right wing voices, with one user suggesting it amounted to "online apartheid". At the time, the company hinted Jones and Infowars were "close to being unpublished given recent community standards violations".

Jones, whose site InfoWars has accused victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting of being "actors" in a plot to discredit the gun lobby, had violated Facebook's hate speech policies, the social network said.

According to BuzzFeed, Apple, Facebook, and YouTube have chose to remove Jones' work from their websites.

It's the latest move by a big digital-media platform to stop distributing the right-wing conspiracy website's content, which has been a high-profile test case of how Silicon Valley is grappling with the problem of dealing with inflammatory content and misinformation. War Room and the Alex Jones Show podcast were also scrubbed from their service.


Monday's decision to remove Jones' podcasts, which contain inflammatory opinions, including his denial that the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., actually happened, appears to be in response to the backlash Facebook suffered after his comments. He is now being sued for defamation by the parents of one of the 20 children who were killed in the attack.

YouTube deleted the Alex Jones Channel on Monday morning.

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

According to Buzzfeed, which quoted an Apple spokesman on Sunday, the complete library for five of Jones's six Infowars podcasts were removed from its apps.


Spotify, which added Jones to its podcast offerings last month only to be met with widespread criticism and threats of a boycott, is also ending its relationship with Jones. "If you post something that goes against our standards, which cover things like hate speech that attacks or dehumanizes others, we will remove it from Facebook". Two of the videos claimed, without evidence, that Muslims were taking over several European countries.

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