Apple remove podcasts by Infowars' notorious host Alex Jones

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Spotify, the streaming music online service, had already removed a number of Jones' podcasts last week, accusing them of breaking its own hate-speech rules. At least, that's what his lawyer told a judge when Jones was embroiled in a custody battle with his ex-wife a year ago.

"But hope shines eternal in the human breast, and for Alex Jones that breast was starting to look a lot like Pinterest". Last month, YouTube pulled down multiple videos by Jones for the same violations, but has yet to ban him.

In the latest clash between big tech companies and those who hold unpopular or controversial views, Facebook has permanently kicked "Infowars" off of its platform, saying the page was "unpublished for using hate speech". "What conservative news outlet will be next?"

Alphabet and Apple did not immediately respond to questions about why the app remained available on their platforms.

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Earlier on Monday, Facebook removed four pages associated with InfoWars and Jones for repeated violations of its policies.

Sleeping Giant, a social media activism organization that had been lobbying Apple to stop listing material by Jones, celebrated the move in a statement on Twitter. "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", a Youtube spokesperson told The Epoch Times in an email.

"(It's) a unsafe cliff that these social media companies are jumping off to satisfy CNN and other liberal outlets", Bozell said in a statement. Facebook said they have removed the four pages from their platforms for violating their graphic violence and hate speech policies.

Jones says his shows, which are broadcast on radio, YouTube and other platforms, reach at least 70 million people a week.

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"We believe in giving people a voice, but we also want everyone using Facebook to feel safe", the company said in a statement.

In announcing Monday's total ban, a Spotify spokesperson said in a statement to NPR, "We take reports of hate content seriously and review any podcast episode or song that is flagged by our community". Twitter, which hasn't banned Jones, has also faced similar calls. It appears that Silicon Valley is exhausted of Jones' rhetoric, and he has been taken off of several prominent social media and streaming sites.

In the spring, Neil Heslin, the father of Jesse Lewis, and Leonard Pozner and Veronique De La Rosa, whose son Noah Pozner was killed, filed separate lawsuits in Travis County, Texas. Soon after, Spotify removed Jones' podcasts from their platform as well.

Several families affected by the shooting, and an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who responded to the attack, have sued Jones for defamation.

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Jones, who is being sued by the parents of children murdered in the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting for claiming the attack was a hoax, is the host of the daily Alex Jones Show podcast, and his broadcaster Infowars produces another five podcasts.

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