Apple Removes Infowars Podcasts from iTunes

By M. Russo — Published August 06, 2018

Apple Removes Infowars Podcasts from iTunes

Five of the six podcasts created by Infowars are no longer available for download or streaming on Apple Podcasts and iTunes. Apple said that the Infowars podcasts, produced by right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, were removed due to violating Apple's guidelines on hate speech.

Alex Jones has promoted conspiracy theories about the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in which 20 first-graders and six adults were murdered in Newtown, Connecticut. Jones claims that the shooting was a hoax and grieving parents are actually government-paid actors. Nine families have filed lawsuits against Jones as they continue to face harassment from his fans. The parents of 6-year-old victim Noah Pozner say that they've moved seven times since the shooting to escape the harassment, but have had their whereabouts repeatedly exposed by stalkers. They note that they cannot even visit their son's grave.

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On his podcast, Jones has claimed that the US government was behind the September 11 terror attacks and the Oklahoma City bombing. He also pushed the Pizzagate conspiracy theory, which suggested that a DC pizzeria was a front for a child sex trafficking ring associated with the Democratic Party. As a result, a man from North Carolina opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle in the restaurant to save the children he believed were being held there.

Recently, YouTube placed a 90-day ban on the Infowars channel and Facebook placed a ban on Jones' personal page. Jones was able to subvert those bans in both cases. Spotify has also begun removing some of his Infowars podcasts in the last week. The podcasting service Stitcher has also removed the shows from their platform. These moves have all come in the wake of public and political concern over the spread of fake news.

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