A strong stand by Apple, to take down five InfoWars podcasts available on iTunes. Apple has taken down five of InfoWars’ six podcast series considering it to be against their policy and guidelines.
Alike Google and Facebook which removed four InfoWars videos, Apple has removed five InfoWars podcasts from the iTunes and Podcasts directory, including ‘War Room’ and ‘The Alex Jones Show’ that leaves only ‘RealNews with David Knight’ on the platform.
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The spokesperson added that they have their own guidelines that developers and creators need to follow to provide a safe environment for all the users. “Podcasts that violate these guidelines are removed from our directory so they are no longer searchable or available for download or streaming.”
It is the latest stand taken by a technology company against InfoWars Founder Alex Jones who is mostly known for spreading conspiracy theories. Apple has taken its action after Spotify has removed specific episodes of Jones earlier this week. Meanwhile, Facebook and YouTube have also suspended Jones and removed certain videos and personal pages for violating their policies.
Jones has used InfoWars and these platforms to assert a number of conspiratorial theories which include that 9/11 was perpetrated by “globalists” in the U.S. government, the deadly mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 was a hoax, and that David Hogg; a survival of the February shooting massacre in Parkland is actually a paid actor.
Though many of the podcasts have been suspended, the decision to remove podcasts by Apple is a big hit for Jones because of Apple's dominance in the podcasting space. The iPhone maker might not have hosted the show but did list them in its directory.