Spotify, Apple, Facebook crack down on Alex Jones pages and podcasts

Apple drops Infowars and other podcasts from iTunes

"Earlier today, we removed four Pages belonging to Alex Jones for repeatedly posting content over the past several days that breaks those Community Standards".

"The Alex Jones Show" and other content produced by the far-right site Infowars has been removed from Apple, Facebook and Spotify.

In a statement, a YouTube spokesperson said the decision follows prior warnings to Jones about his content.

Most of United States conspiracy theorist Alex Jones's podcasts from his right-wing media platform Infowars have been removed from Apple's iTunes and podcast apps, the media news website BuzzFeed quoted a company spokesman as saying on Sunday.

Among the conspiracy theories Jones has peddled are charges that the U.S. government was behind numerous attacks, including the September 11, 2001 strikes on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. He has been accused of knowingly spreading false information about the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting this year, the violence in Charlottesville, Va., last year and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012. Many of these products are snake oil supplements and doomsday prep items that Jones has a personal financial stake in. Spotify said it had removed all of Jones' podcast episodes due to "hate content".

Apple has also removed Infowars podcasts from its apps.

And hate speech language violations may be the best weapon against provocateurs like Jones.

The Infowars podcasts removed from iTunes include The Alex Jones Show, War Room, and Infowars Freedom Nuggets. YouTube and Facebook had previously deleted individual Jones/InfoWars videos in the past, but never came close to banning the Jones/InfoWars pages and channels full-stop until now.

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Youtube was the latest media company to block out Jones, shutting down his page Monday.

Alex Jones from Infowars.com speaks during a rally in support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump near the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., July 18, 2016.

Infowars emerged as a flashpoint in the debate with some journalists and activists pushing for Facebook to take action.

He was sued for defamation by families of some of the children killed in that attack, which left 20 children and six adults dead.

Monday marks exactly three months before the November 6 midterm elections - timing that had Jones and Infowars crying foul.

Jones did not return a request for comment.

Infowars' Paul Joseph Watson wrote in a tweet and an article on Infowars' website that the outlet had been "permanently" banned from Facebook. Infowars responded by accusing the companies of censorship.

"While the nation recoiled at the bad reality of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Alex Jones saw an opportunity", said attorney Josh Koskoff, who is representing the families.

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