Apple Removes Five of Six Infowars Podcast Series From iTunes Directory
Apple has removed the entire libraries of five Infowars podcasts from the Apple Podcasts platform, Buzzfeed News reported on Sunday.
Among the podcasts removed from Apple’s iTunes index are “War Room” and “The Alex Jones Show”, hosted by the controversial U.S. radio host and conspiracy theory peddler.
Infowars host Alex Jones
A sixth show, “Real News With David Knight”, was the only Infowars podcast to survive Apple’s cull, although why that would be remains unclear.
Apple does not host the podcasts per se but is responsible for running the directory for users of its stock Podcasts app. In explaining its decision to remove the five shows, Apple provided Buzzfeed with the following statement:
“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,” a company spokesperson said.
“Podcasts that violate these guidelines are removed from our directory making them no longer searchable or available for download or streaming. We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions.”
In terms of reach and discoverability, the removal of the shows is just the latest in a number of blows for Alex Jones’ Infowars series. Last month, Facebook suspended the host’s personal profile for 30 days for what it said was hate speech and bullying, while Spotify removed several episodes of Jones’ shows last week for violating its hate content policy.
Infowars was founded by Jones in 1999 and the host has garnered a large following, promoting various conspiracy theories including that the September 11 attacks were staged by the U.S. government.
Recently, the show has been heavily criticized for promoting the theory that many gun massacres reported by the U.S. media are faked by left-wing forces in order to usher in more stringent gun control measures.
Jones is currently being sued in Texas by two parents of children murdered in the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting, after the host claimed the massacre was one such hoax. The Connecticut attack, which took place in 2012, left 26 children and adults dead.
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