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Apple, Facebook and Spotify delete content of US conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

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today deleted most of the podcasts of the far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, while removed four of his which the platform accused of "glorifying violence."

Jones, whose site has accused victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting of being "actors" in a plot to discredit the gun lobby, had violated Facebook's policies, the said.

said the pages were taken down for "glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our policies."


Gunman killed 26 people, including 20 children, when he launched his rampage in the school. Jones has repeatedly claimed the massacre was a hoax and that the parents of the murdered first-graders were actors, an accusation that has sparked death threats against some of the bereaved mothers and fathers.

Several of the families have sued the 44-year-old Texan, accusing him of using their suffering to expand his audience. Jones has counter-sued, demanding in turn that they pay his court costs.

Among the conspiracy theories Jones has peddled are charges that the was behind numerous terrorist attacks, including the September 11, 2001 strikes on the and the

Several days ago, removed four videos Jones posted that the group said violated its policy on Jones responded by posting more content on other pages, prompting the giant to suspend his four main pages.

Facebook stressed that it was the violent language used by Jones, rather than his conspiracy theories, that prompted the move.

Spotify, the streaming music online service, had already removed a number of Jones' podcasts last week, accusing them of breaking its own hate-speech rules.

Today, the Swedish company went a step further and banned his programme altogether.

For its part, removed most of Jones' podcasts, AFP confirmed, after the action was initially reported by

"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 told

Jones reacted today to the moves, saying on his account, "We've been completely banned by Facebook, Apple & What conservative outlet will be next?" At the end of July, took down videos posted by Jones and suspended him for 90 days, although his channel remains accessible on the

"The establishment is making its move against free speech here in America," said Jone at the time.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, August 06 2018. 23:45 IST
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