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The move by Apple is the most sweeping of a recent crackdown on Jones's programs by Facebook and other online sites that have suspended or removed some of his conspiracy-driven content.

The 44-year old provocateur's Infowars podcasts were removed from Apple's iTunes and podcast platforms - as were "The Alex Jones Show" apps, according to a report. Now, YouTube has followed suit in dramatic fashion by permanently banning both the Alex Jones and InfoWars channels from existence. But Infowars and Jones have long peddled conspiracy theories, including that the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012 was a hoax.

Families of some of the victims have sued him for defamation and he now admits the shooting occurred but says his claims were free speech.

Facebook said the posts had violated its hate speech policies.

While Jones has been widely criticized for spreading fake news-like "Pizzagate", the completely baseless claim that senior Democrats were running a pedophile ring in the basement of a DC pizzeria-disseminating untrue information isn't considered grounds for removing content from either YouTube or Facebook.

Jones has also claimed that the September 11, 2001 attacks on NY and Washington were staged by the USA government. Banning a podcast or page or video channel on the grounds that it constitutes hate speech is very different from banning something for containing disinformation. "We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions".

However, Facebook and Apple still had conservative content on their platforms as of Monday morning, including pages and podcasts from conservative-leaning outlets such as Fox News and the American Enterprise Institute.

The cumulative actions by the tech companies was hailed by Infowars' detractors with one person hailing "a little courage shown by our tech titans". It said when a page "surpasses a certain threshold of strikes, the whole Page is unpublished". Other platforms, including the streaming service Spotify, took similar actions in previous weeks.

The Alex Jones Channel on Alphabet Inc's YouTube on Monday displayed a banner saying the account had been terminated for violating community guidelines, and a spokesperson added by email that repeated violation of policies such as those prohibiting hate speech and harassment led to termination of accounts. War Room and the Alex Jones Show podcast were also scrubbed from their service. Over the weekend Buzzfeed News reported that Apple had removed five of six Jones and Jones-related podcasts from its iTunes and Podcasts apps because they violated its rules on hate speech.

"A lot of the tech platforms were anxious about taking the first step and now that Apple has made the dive, you're going to see other platforms respond in a reactive way", Dockray said in an interview with Cheddar.


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