Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, and iTunes are just some places to remove content.
But the removal hasn’t been unanimous among tech firms. As big names like Facebook, YouTube, iTunes, and Spotify have removed InfoWars content, other websites like Twitter have said Jones and the show’s accounts have not violated their terms of service.
After Facebook’s announcement, InfoWars wrote that the removal of the pages was a “shocking intensification of Big Tech’s censorship purge.”
Here’s a list of places that have removed InfoWars—which has peddled conspiracy theories for years—and Jones’ pages, or content, in recent weeks.
This list will be updated if more companies announce similar action.
Websites that have removed InfoWars content
On Aug. 6, Facebook announced that it had removed four prominent pages run by InfoWars and its host. The company said the Alex Jones Channel page, the Alex Jones page, the InfoWars page and the InfoWars Nightly News page, were taken down because of “repeated violations of Community Standards” and “accumulating too many strikes.”
The company added that the removal of the pages was not associated with its continued efforts to address “fake news” being shared on the social media giant.
“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 company wrote.
Late last month, Facebook handed Jones a 30-day ban, which stopped him from posting content on any page that he was an administrator of.
In early August Spotify, the music streaming app, announced it had removed “specific episodes” of Jones’s podcasts because they were reported for “hate content.”
Days later, Spotify removed Jones completely.
“We take reports of hate content seriously and review any podcast episode or song that is flagged by our community,” Spotify told the Washington Post. “Spotify can confirm it has removed specific episodes of ‘The Alex Jones Show’ podcast for violating our hate content policy.”
The move came just days after the InfoWars host linked to his Spotify channel on Twitter, asking people to “fight against censorship.”
Jones’s tweet sparked immense backlash online.
One of the largest platforms for Jones was YouTube, who announced in late July that the InfoWars channel would be suspended from broadcasting for 90-days after four videos were found to violate the site’s policy against “violent or graphic content.”
CNET reports that one of the videos showed a man throwing a kid to the ground and was titled “How To Prevent Liberalism: A Public Service Announcement.”
However, on Aug. 6 two pages on YouTube—InfoWars and the Alex Jones Channel—were slapped with notices telling viewers the accounts were “terminated” for violating YouTube and Google’s terms of service.
YouTube told the Daily Dot accounts are terminated after users “violate” terms of service “repeatedly.”
“All users agree to comply with our Terms of Service and Community Guidelines when they sign up to use YouTube. When users violate these policies repeatedly, like our policies against hate speech and harassment or our terms prohibiting circumvention of our enforcement measures, we terminate their accounts.”
It appears YouTube has removed the Alex Jones Channel for violating its guidelines pic.twitter.com/H0Onaac3rJ
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) August 6, 2018
Apple / iTunes
Two of the podcasts that were removed from iTunes and the Podcasts apps included the “War Room” show and the “Alex Jones Show.”
“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,” Apple told the news outlet. “Podcasts that violate these guidelines are removed from our directory making them no longer searchable or available for download or streaming. We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions.”
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“Consistent with our existing policies, we take action against accounts that repeatedly save content that could lead to harm,” the company told CNET. in a statement. “People come to Pinterest to discover ideas for their lives, and we continue to enforce our principles to maintain a safe, useful and inspiring experience for our users.”
Mashable reports that the Pinterest page went down after it contacted the company about it. In a statement, the company said “multiple people” reported the page.
In a statement that circulated online, the website’s Vice President Charlie Hughes said it was an “inclusive platform” and that “hate has no place on YouPorn.”
so i got an unsolicited statement just now that the adult site YouPorn is banning Alex Jones and Infowars content from its platform (what? ok.) pic.twitter.com/U4IwkGf4FO
— Charlie Warzel (@cwarzel) August 6, 2018
The Wrap pointed out that no official InfoWars content had been uploaded on the site.
In a statement, the company told the news outlet that it violated its terms of service and encouraged people to report “inappropriate content or behavior.”
“We value the professional community on LinkedIn and strive to create a platform where the exchange of ideas by professionals can happen without harmful misinformation, bullying, harassment or hate,” the company said.
iTunes isn’t the only podcast platform removing Alex Jones-related content.
The company said it found that on “multiple occasions” that Jones “harassed or allowed harassment of private individuals and organizations, and that harassment has led listeners of the show to engage in similar harassment and other damaging activity.”
On Aug. 7, Media Matters for America spotted that Jones displayed a piece of paper on his live stream which showed MailChimp, the email marketing service, had removed him from their platform “effective immediately.
When asked about it, the company said it does not allow “people to use our platform to disseminate hateful content.”
While numerous websites have taken Jones off their platforms, others have not yet taken action.
Twitter told USA Today on Monday that Jones had not violated its terms of service.
As of Aug. 7, the official InfoWars app was also available on Apple’s App Store and Google Play.