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After the Apple decision, Facebook pulled four pages that promote Jones’ content, and Spotify also moved to restrict his availability. As CNBC notes, the Apple move is notable because the company pulled not just individual episodes but entire libraries of podcasts. Jones likes to push conspiracy theories on his shows, including one alleging that the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax, though he has also acknowledged in court that he sees himself as a performance artist.
“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 tells BuzzFeed.
“We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions.”
Facebook, for its part, posted an explanation saying it removed Jones’ content “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.” Jones responded on Twitter Monday morning, tweeting,
We've been banned completely on Facebook, Apple, & Spotify.
What conservative news outlet will be next? 🤔
The one platform that they CAN'T ban and will ALWAYS have our live streams is https://t.co/OQtch0tDED ✊
— Alex Jones (@RealAlexJones) August 6, 2018
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