Facebook bans Alex Jones' and Infowars pages over violence, hate speech

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Facebook Inc announced on Monday that it had removed four pages belonging to US conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for "repeatedly posting content over the past several days" that breaks its community standards.

Facebook has cracked down on right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones by removing four of his pages, citing breaches of its community standards. The company announced that the "Alex Jones Show" podcast was banned from the platform entirely.

"Apple does not tolerate hate speech, and we have clear guidelines that creators and developers must follow to ensure we provide a safe environment for all of our users", an Apple spokesperson told BuzzFeed News, which first reported the removal.

Those have been pulled from the iTunes directory, making them no longer searchable or available for download or streaming.

It also said they represent various views if "people are respectful to those with differing opinions". About 100 episodes of Infowars news-recap podcast RealNews With David Knight that remain available on iTunes.

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Other platforms such as Facebook, YouTube and Spotify have taken down individual pieces of content from Jones and Infowars but shied away from imposing an outright ban on the controversial Texan.

"Upon review, we have taken it down for glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies", the statement said in part. It has suggested that the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax, and that the September 11 terrorist attacks were an inside job orchestrated by the United States government.

As a result of reports we received, last week, we removed four videos on four Facebook Pages for violating our hate speech and bullying policies. The shooting killed 26 children and adults at the elementary school in CT.

He has also claimed that many of children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre were actors.

Jones did not immediately respond to a request for comment sent to Infowars.

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The pages include one for Jones' flagship radio show InfoWars as well as his fan page.

Since founding Infowars in 1999, Jones has built a vast audience.

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

Perhaps the tech companies that have continued to give Jones' unsafe rhetoric and conspiracies a platform finally got a shove when Jones' own attorney, defending the host against a lawsuit brought by parents of victims in the Sandy Hook school shooting, said "no reasonable reader or listener" would actually believe Jones' nonsense. Families of Sandy Hook victims have filed lawsuits against Jones for defamation.

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