Facebook bans Alex Jones' and Infowars pages over violence, hate speech

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Facebook says it has taken down four pages belonging to rightwing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, including two featuring his "Infowars" show, for violating its hate speech and bullying policies.

The entirety of Alex Jones' podcast library, including his popular InfoWars program, has been removed from both Apple's iTunes and Spotify, according to BuzzFeed News.

BuzzFeed News reported that Alex Jones' website, home to batty conspiracy theories and Super Male Vitality - a $59.95 vial of a substance you apply to your penis - had six podcasts hosted on iTunes and Apple's Podcast app, including the flagship Alex Jones Show.

"Upon review, we have taken itdown for glorifying violence. and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies", said Facebook.

Jones had been warned that repeated violations of Facebook's community standards would result in having his pages unpublished.

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Now let's see how long this lasts.

Jones remains on YouTube, where he has almost 2.5 million subscribers.

An Apple spokesperson was not available for comment early on Monday.

Spotify, which added Jones to its podcast offerings last month only to be met with widespread criticism and threats of a boycott, is also ending its relationship with Jones.

"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", an Apple spokesperson said.

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Also in July, YouTube slapped Jones" channel with a "community strike, ' blocking him from broadcasting live on the site for 90 days.

The pages include one for Jones' flagship radio show InfoWars as well as his fan page.

Jones is being sued by parents of the Sandy Hook school shooting for claiming that the attack was a hoax.

"While much of the discussion around Infowars has been related to false news, which is a serious issue that we are working to address by demoting links marked wrong by fact checkers and suggesting additional content, none of the violations that spurred today's removals were related to this".

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.

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'Alex Jones has been responsible for harassing parents of Sandy Hook children, Vegas shooting victims and threatening to kill the Special Counsel.

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