Apple's Attempt to Ban Alex Jones Backfired in an Unexpected Way

Apple's Attempt to Ban Alex Jones Backfired in an Unexpected Way

Apple's Attempt to Ban Alex Jones Backfired in an Unexpected Way

Facebook said it removed four pages belonging to Jones for repeatedly posting content in recent days that breaks community standards on hate speech, bullying and glorifying violence.

The ban applied exclusively to Jones' personal account, not the one million-strong Infowars page, which Jones helms. The InfoWars podcasts serve as advertising for a wide range of wellness and survivalism products, making Jones as much as $18 million per year.

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Alex Jones, shown here at a July 2016 rally in support of then-candidate Donald Trump, says he is being subjected to a "purge" from big tech companies.

Jones is the host of the daily Alex Jones Show podcast and his platform, Infowars - founded in 1999 - producers another five podcasts. They claim he violated policies against hate speech.

He appeared to place the onus on journalists to put Jones' content in context: "Accounts like Jones' can often sensationalize issues and spread unsubstantiated rumors, so it's critical journalists document, validate, and refute such information directly to people can form their own opinions".

Twitter hasn't removed Alex Jones or Infowars, resulting in a large amount of criticism. His claims include that the 9/11 terror attacks were actually carried out by the government and that the 2012 Sandy Hook mass school shooting, which left 20 children and six adults dead, was a hoax.

As CNBC notes, the Infowars app violates the same guidelines that prompted Apple to remove its podcast counterpart, so it seems unlikely that it will remain available from Apple for long.

Following his statements on Twitter, Dorsey directed his followers to an article further explaining the platform's rules. "Sometimes these expressions may be offensive, controversial, and/or bigoted", Twitter said in a Tuesday blog post.

The Great War on Info is no more, according to Stephen Colbert, for Alex Jones has lost it.

Dorsey said that Twitter wouldn't hesitate to take action if Jones did violate its terms of use but that the firm was not about to react to outside influence.

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