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Apple, Facebook, and Spotify shut down Infowars' Alex Jones

Apple, Facebook, and Spotify shut down Infowars' Alex Jones

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".

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".

The multi-company action against Infowars began with Spotify removing all episodes of The Alex Jones Show podcast.

Apple, Facebook and Spotify each took the most aggressive steps yet to penalize conspiracy theorist and prominent right-wing talk show host Alex Jones for violating their hate speech policies.

YouTube said in a statement that when users violate its policies against hate speech and harassment, "we terminate their accounts". Among the theories he has promoted is that the September 11, 2001 attacks on NY and Washington were staged by the government. He has been accused of knowingly spreading false information about the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting this year, the violence in Charlottesville, Va., last year and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012.

Jones also urged people to go to his online store and buy a T-shirt, with slogans that back his site and President Trump's re-election campaign. That follows Apple's move over the weekend to remove a number of his podcasts from the Apple Store.

It said in a statement that it "does not tolerate hate speech".

According to BuzzFeed, Apple, Facebook, and YouTube have made a decision to remove Jones' work from their websites. It follows the company taking down four of Jones' videos last month.

Jones is verified on Twitter, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment about whether Jones has violated any of the site's policies.

Rather than some shadowy Illuminati figures orchestrating the whole shut down of Alex Jones, activists had actually been lobbying tech platforms to cut ties with Alex Jones and InfoWars. On Monday, the music streaming company deleted all of the Alex Jones Show content, though four other InfoWars podcasts are still available to stream.

Infowars' Paul Joseph Watson wrote in a tweet and an article on Infowars' website that the outlet had been "permanently" banned from Facebook.

The lawsuits name Jones and his associated companies including Infowars, as well as another reporter for Infowars. Several families affected by the shooting, and an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent who responded to the attack, have sued Jones for defamation.

The Alex Jones channel began to accumulate strikes after posting clips in which it argued the February 14 shooting at a Florida high school involved survivors described as "crisis actors".

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