Facebook Removes 4 Pages Associated With InfoWars, Founder Alex Jones

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Apple has removed videos of a notorious right-wing conspiracy theorist from iTunes and podcast apps, the latest in a wider crackdown among technology giants.

In a statement to The Washington Post, Apple confirmed its decision to remove Jones' shows from its directory, a move first reported by BuzzFeed.

Facebook says the decision came after it received complaints related to Infowars posts - and its decision was based on the use of "dehumanizing language" to "describe people who are transgender, Muslims, and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies". When Facebook banned Jones earlier today, it cited rules against hate speech and violent content.

It also said they represent various views if "people are respectful to those with differing opinions".

Jones was not available to respond to news agency requests for comment on Monday.

According to Buzzfeed, which quoted an Apple spokesman on Sunday, the complete library for five of Jones's six Infowars podcasts were removed from its apps. All four Pages have been unpublished for repeated violations of Community Standards and accumulating too many strikes.

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

On Monday, Facebook followed suit by deleting some of the pages hosted by Infowars.

Jones is now facing several defamation suits stemming from his claims that school shootings like the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre and this year's Parkland shooting were "false flag" operations put on by left-wing forces in order to drum up support for gun control policies. Last month, Facebook suspended Jones for 30 days.

The theories he has promoted include that the September 11, 2001 attacks on NY and Washington were staged by the U.S. government.

Infowars emerged as a flashpoint in the debate with some journalists and activists pushing for Facebook to take action.

Spotify, a music and podcast streaming company, said on Monday that it had now removed all of Jones's Infowars programs from its platform.

The move followed a severe backlash on social media that saw Spotify subscribers threaten to ditch their accounts after the streaming service continued to host Jones" "Infowars' podcast despite blocks from other services.

"The establishment is making its move against free speech here in America", said Jones afterwards.

Spotify, which is the second-largest platform, said in a statement last week that it had removed "specific episodes. for violating our hate content policy".