Published on August 6th, 2018 | by Brad Gibson1
Apple pulls five Infowars podcasts from Apple TV podcasts app
Apple has removed the entire libraries of five Infowars podcasts from the Apple Podcasts platform and the Apple TV Podcasts app, citing violations of its guidelines and engaging in “hate speech” by the program and its host Alex Jones.
Among the podcasts removed from Apple’s iTunes index were War Room and The Alex Jones Show, hosted by Jones. Only one InfoWars podcast, Real News With David Knight, is still available.
In explaining its decision, Apple told Buzzfeed in a statement Sunday, “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. 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.”
Jones, a conservative radio host and conspiracy theorist, has called the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, an elaborate hoax. He is currently being sued for defamation by the parents of one of the 20 children who were killed in the attack. He has also been accused of engaging in hate speech.
Jones’ InfoWars TV program is not directly available on Apple TV as an app or through other third-parties. The InfoWar Official app for iOS devices is not universal and therefore is not available on the Apple TV App Store.
In a related matter, Facebook deleted the pages of InfoWars from its social media service Monday. In a statement the company said, “we have taken (Pages) 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 hate speech policies.”