Alex Jones hit with bans from Facebook and Apple

Facebook joins Apple and Spotify in banning Infowars – but it's not because of 'fake news'

As a result of reports we received, last week, we removed four videos on four Facebook Pages for violating our hate speech and bullying policies.

Facebook has cracked down on right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones by removing four of his pages, citing breaches of its community standards.

The Alex Jones Channel Page, the Alex Jones Page, the InfoWars Page and the Infowars Nightly News Page were removed for violating Facebook's community standards, "including hate speech that attacks or dehumanizes others", the company said.

Facebook noted that the ban wasn't related to the allegations regarding Infowars' spreading of fake news.

Jones - a conservative radio host - is known to tout conspiracy theories, including claims the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a hoax.

Neither Jones nor a representative for Infowars were available for comment early on Monday.

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The announcement comes just as Apple announced it had removed the entire library of five out of six Infowars' podcasts, saying the video and audio files had violated its policy against hate speech.

Since founding Infowars in 1999, Jones has built a vast audience.

Those have been pulled from the iTunes directory, making them no longer searchable or available for download or streaming.

In a statement, Apple told Buzzfeed News: "We have clear guidelines that creators and developers must follow to ensure we provide a safe environment for all of our users". Among the theories he has promoted is that the September 11, 2001, attacks on NY and Washington were staged by the government.

The more sweeping action taken by Apple shows how companies have responded differently to the task of regulating false information and hate speech while remaining a neutral platform. "We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions", an Apple spokesperson said in a statement to TechCrunch.

Spotify, a music and podcast streaming company, followed suit last week when it removed some specific episodes of Jones's programmes. There are plenty of conservative & liberal podcasts that don't harass the parents of children killed at Sandy Hook or Las Vegas shooting victims.

Spotify also removed the "Alex Jones Show" from its podcast directory for violations of its content policy.

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