Facebook removes conspiracy monger Alex Jones for hate, bullying

Facebook removes conspiracy monger Alex Jones for hate, bullying

Facebook removes conspiracy monger Alex Jones for hate, bullying

Spotify, a music and podcast streaming company, said on Monday that it had now removed all of Jones's Infowars programs from its platform. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TIME.

In a statement, a YouTube spokesperson said the decision follows prior warnings to Jones about his content.

Pages Facebook has now blocked include the Alex Jones Channel, a separate page dedicated to Alex Jones, Infowars and Infowars Nightly News.

Among the podcasts, which were removed from Apples' iTunes directory, are the show "War Room" as well as the popular Alex Jones Show podcast, which is hosted daily by the prominent conspiracy theorist.

YouTube had removed a handful of videos posted by Jones for violating the site's community guidelines last month. Also per CNET, "Jones has been widely criticized for promoting untrue, virulent hypotheses about tragic events like the 2001 terrorist attacks on World Trade Center in NY that killed almost 3,000 people and the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in CT that killed 26 students and staff". Several families affected by the shooting, and an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who responded to the attack, have sued Jones for defamation.

Reacting to the measures, Jones said on Twitter: "We've been banned completely from Facebook, Apple and Spotify".

The sweeping moves are the broadest actions yet by internet companies that have suspended or removed some of the conspiracy-driven content. Facebook also put Jones into a penalty box, preventing him from posting any updates to the service for 30 days.

Jones' presence on Facebook is also taking a hit, as the social network has announced the removal of four pages associated with the host ad his shows.

In its statement, the company said it removed the pages "for glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanising language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies".

Try to visit the Alex Jones Channel on YouTube, which boasted 2.4 million viewers, and you're greeted with a message in a red box across the screen that reads "This account has been terminated for violating YouTube's Community Guidelines".

Facebook and other tech giants have been under growing pressure to crack down on the spread of misinformation across its platform, leading the company to give a boost to mainstream publishers and take action against people and pages that repeatedly violate its rules. It appears that Silicon Valley is exhausted of Jones' rhetoric, and he has been taken off of several prominent social media and streaming sites.

Last Thursday, Spotify said it had removed some episodes of "The Alex Jones Show", but did not specify which ones, or how many in total. "What conservative news outlet will be next?"

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