Alex Jones And Infowars Banned From iTunes, "Unpublished" By FaceBook

Update: According to Bloomberg, the Alex Jones Channel Page, the Alex Jones Page, the InfoWars Page and the Infowars Nightly News Page “have been unpublished for repeated violations of community standards and accumulating too many strikes,” Facebook says in statement.

Facebook said it reviewed content “glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies”

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Apple has completely removed five of Infowars' six podcasts from its iTunes and Podcast apps under their hate speech guidelines, reports BuzzFeed News - including the daily Alex Jones podcast and the show "War Room" - in "one of the largest enforcement actions intended to curb conspiratorial news content by a technology company to date." 

Apple did not host Jones's shows, but it offered an index that allowed anyone with an iPhone to find and subscribe to them. Though Apple is far from Jones and Infowars' only distribution platform, the decision to pull Jones' content will considerably limit the outlet's audio reach — as of 2018, Apple's Podcasts platform amassed 50 billion all-time downloads and streams. -BuzzFeed

"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," a company spokesperson told BuzzFeed.

"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.

Apple's decision is the latest in a string of technology companies which have taken action against Jones and Infowars, which he founded 19 years ago in 1999. Last month, YouTube and Facebook each pulled down four videos by Jones and Infowars. Facebook suspended Jones for 30 days, while YouTube hit the news outlet with a "strike." Meanwhile, Spotify and the podcast app Stitcher followed suit, removing specific episodes of Jones' show they deemed to contain hateful content. 

Apple's decision comes on the heels of liberal outrage directed at Jones and his network, most recently spearheaded by online activists Sleeping Giants - which has lobbied for tech platforms in general to cut all ties with Jones; condemning Apple last week for their reluctance. 

In a statement to BuzzFeed News, Sleeping Giants praised the removal on Sunday night. "While companies like Facebook, YouTube and Spotify have been twisting themselves into pretzels inventing ways to avoid having to enforce their own Terms Of Service on Alex Jones, it’s great to hear that Apple, whose reach is so broad, is willing to do it," a spokesperson for the company wrote. -BuzzFeed

So while they are not exactly free speech advocates, it is useful to observe how simple it is for today's online media giants and global distributors of discourse to incite a modern-day book burning simply by labeling speech as hateful.

As of Sunday night, the only remaining podcast linked to Infowars is a daily news recap show called "Real News With David Knight," however it's not clear why it was spared the "axe of cleansing."

Commenting on the action, Infowars' Paul Joseph Watson said that "according to Apple, if you don’t respect people with different views, you will be banned. Does this mean it is necessary to respect people who advocate child marriage and honor killings simply to have a platform?"

He also reported that Infowars has now also been permanently banned by Facebook.

Comments

brushhog Mon, 08/06/2018 - 08:06 Permalink

Who the fuck listens to "apple Itunes"?? Lol give me a break. There is a sort of yin and yang principle working here. These people do not realize that by censoring and banning Jones' ideas, they actually make him more powerful.

If I tell my son 'you may eat all these cookies, but you may NOT have this one. It is absolutely forbidden for you to have THIS cookie' which cookie does he want to eat above all the others? Which one becomes the most coveted, the most valuable?

Censor me, and I'll become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.

Dickweed Wang Son of Loki Mon, 08/06/2018 - 08:45 Permalink

Internet gatekeepers like Fagbook are another symptom of the lazy sheep syndrome. Why anyone would use a site that has the ability to pick and choose what information you receive is beyond me. When it comes to news and information it makes much more sense to go directly to the source web site. Everyone needs to stop feeding the beast, even if that makes things a little inconvenient.

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natxlaw Boing_Snap Mon, 08/06/2018 - 09:27 Permalink

This is to get Conservatives to rally to Jones and away from Q. It’s the MSM using their last bit of credibility (screaming at a controlled opposition so their enemies flock to that person)

jones is not a bad guy, but he is a gatekeeper and we just don’t need those for reporting of the facts. They are fine for analysis after the facts have been reported.

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secretargentman VinceFostersGhost Mon, 08/06/2018 - 09:42 Permalink

itunes and fb are social media platforms. What are they going to do when AJ starts his own social media platform and it goes gangbusters? Poison his DNS entry? Deny his IP?

I still don't understand why we conservatives are using icky liberal social media. I'm pretty sure we're numerous enough to have our own successful social media.

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pods VinceFostersGhost Mon, 08/06/2018 - 09:44 Permalink

IDK how anyone can stand FB. Just hearing things secondhand makes me glad that I never decided to do that crap. Or twitter, or linkedin or any other bullshit.

They are just pens that we willfully put ourselves into.

Nevermind the constant lead with feelings discourse and the need to show everyone how swell life is.

Sorry, I know how shitty life is.  That is why God lets you die after you have had enough of it.

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Got The Wrong No natxlaw Mon, 08/06/2018 - 10:14 Permalink

There is a big push against Q. Even Jones disavailed Q because it was cutting into his viewership and profits. The unredacted 20 page FISA report is going to be devastating to the Dems and some Rinos. This plus the midterms are the reasons for the censorship we are seeing on all the social media. I wouldn't be surprised to see a false flag just as the 20 pages are released to change the narrative. 

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SybilDefense Boing_Snap Mon, 08/06/2018 - 09:48 Permalink

So AJ's crimes are calling out people for altering their God given body (mutilation) because their brain is telling them they are gender A trapped inside a Gender B body.  FB says hands off.  But what if self directed mutilation is a sign of mental illness, and he isn't so much cursing the mentally ill, but the society that promotes abnormal behaviour over normal behavior because somehow it is bad to make the sick people aware of their illness.  Of course there are genetic abnormalities that desrve a break, but what about people who believe they have a genetic abnormality yet do not.  Like a Tranny dickwacker that still has his Y chrimosome, yet thinks he shouldn't.

 

Oh no... There goes my Facebook account!

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snblitz Boing_Snap Mon, 08/06/2018 - 12:02 Permalink

If you watch the media and Alex Jones, you will discover the following:

There is an unending chorus of Alex said this or Alex said that.

But never any quotes and never any video of him saying this or that.

It is a witch hunt and media assassination plain and simple for someone who does not tow the MSM line and has an effective platform.

It is worth watching his show and the media just to see the destructive power of the MSM and the unending lies.

And all you have to to recognize what is going on is ask: May I see the quote, or the video?

 

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All Risk No Reward Yellow_Snow Mon, 08/06/2018 - 11:46 Permalink

Alex has narcissistic tendencies, that's for sure.  He's also been duped by Donald "Banksters gave me $2 billion in free advertizing so I could bring on Goldman Sachs to run Treasury" Trump.  Or he's controlled opposition (the big money is really good, right Alex?).

The issue is NOT Israel vs. whatever; that is the psy-op.

Israel is a debt-money helot state, just like every so-called Western government.  The average Israeli is an inextinguishable debt-based money slave like the rest of us.

The issue is THE MONEY POWER MONOPOLIST GLOBAL MEGA-CORPORATE FASCIST EMPIRE vs. EVERYONE ELSE.

Or, in more general terms as Lord Acton elucidated the situation:

"The issue which has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later is the people versus the banks."
~Lord Acton

The "banks" are kicking our monetary illiterate *sses because we are too busy being emotionally invested in their projectional psy-ops.

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Fed-up with be… Son of Loki Mon, 08/06/2018 - 11:41 Permalink

That is exactly the point of censorship.   The powers that hold the keys and money to everything want those who oppose them to go away and one way is to CENSOR and the other way, which has not been happening in a big way with White Folks:  JAIL THEM for small crimes.  This could change in America.   WE are letting them do this to US.   I also feel incredibly helpless.  Allow me to point out that the 99% marches, the kids marching against guns (no matter how you feel about those issues, these were demonstrations BY THE PEOPLE) were simply ignored.  I do not agree with Gun control but I agreed with the 99%-ers, and thus, if we are to accept all points of view, we SHOULD be able to urge those who control things to change.   I sense that this is over now and that we are not represented as well, which was the point of our Constitution.   I think that Elections are FIXED and if the Trump thing is your thing, then good on ya, but if not then OH OH, what a fucking mess.    I am neither (non-partisan) because the definition of Politics is the lying and you are stupid to buy the promises, even if they are good for you or your families.  The lies define the course they take.  So, everything that is said is a lie in effect to sway opinion.  The rest, those in control are IN CONTROL by money.

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All Risk No Reward DosZap Mon, 08/06/2018 - 11:53 Permalink

Have you seen one shred of evidence that guy shot anything at that school?

Or are you gullibly believing what entrenched liars tell you?

You do know teacher witnesses said the shooter was dressed in "full metal gear," including helmet, like SWAT, right?

A second witness said the shooter's face was covered and couldn't be identified.

You do know that all the guy had in uber was a guitar case (not "full metal gear" with helmet), right?

You do know witnesses where talking to the alleged perp just after hearing shooting in another part of the building, indicating to the student talking to the alleged perp that there must've been two shooters, right?

You do know that this dude would make the perfect patsy for the kinds of people looking for patsies, right?

So, again, is there any evidence this guy did any shooting or are you simply parroting based an implicit belief in the declarations of the Money Power Monopolist Global Mega-Corporate Fascist Empire?

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All Risk No Reward snblitz Mon, 08/06/2018 - 16:24 Permalink

There are videos of the FBI associated Hog claiming to be at school during the shooting and being at home during the shooting and having to get over to the school very quickly after the shooting.

Oh, what a web we weave when we first set out to deceive.

WHO finances the FBI?  The Money Power Monopolists.

That's why they orchestrated the 1993 World Trade Center bombing...

WTC 1993 was an FBI job
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2vpcABWJiY

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skeelos NoDebt Mon, 08/06/2018 - 09:17 Permalink

 

I'm sorry to say that in this instance I have to disagree with you.  While Apple, Alphabet, and Facebook are the most popular and most powerful, they are not the entire Internet.  The fact you could make your post, shows that the internet still can and does give a voice to the voiceless.  At least for now.  To fully control the internet will require federal action, and they've been trying to do that all along.

 

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