Facebook Finally Bans Alex Jones And InfoWars

Apple has wiped iTunes and its podcasting app virtually clean of content by Alex Jones, in one of the most aggressive moves by technology companies and streaming services against the conspiracy theorist and owner of the right-wing media platform Infowars.

"More content from the same Pages has been reported to us", Facebook wrote in a post on its corporate blog to explain the decision to pull the material. Jones, who is the administrator of the pages, was placed on a 30-day block, Facebook said. Jones has the opportunity to file an appeal to get his pages restored, but if he loses the appeal (or doesn't appeal at all), Facebook will permanently remove the pages from its platform.

Neither Jones nor a representative for InfoWars were available early on Monday for comment.

Facebook is not the only social platform to take steps against InfoWars.

Facebook and other tech giants have been under growing pressure to crack down on the spread of misinformation across its platform, leading the company to give a boost to mainstream publishers and take action against people and pages that repeatedly violate its rules.

In another tweet, Watson warned other conservative news outlets that they could be next.

Infowars decried the action as censorship.

The pages include one for Jones' flagship radio show InfoWars as well as his fan page.

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All four Pages have been unpublished for repeated violations of Community Standards and accumulating too many strikes.

In the deleted videos, Mr Jones criticised Muslim immigrants to Europe and also denounced a transgender cartoon.

Facebook uses a "strike" system to determine if a page should be removed from its site altogether, according to the statement. Visitors to InfoWars page are now greeted with a message saying: "Sorry, this content isn't available right now".

Spotify, a music and podcast streaming company, followed suit last week when it removed some specific episodes of Jones's programmes.

Jones, who is being sued by the parents of children murdered in the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting for claiming the attack was a hoax, is the host of the daily Alex Jones Show podcast, and his broadcaster Infowars produces another five podcasts.

Jones is now being sued in Texas by two Sandy Hook parents, seeking at least $1 million (£0.77 million), claiming that they have been the subject of harassment driven by his programs.

'Alex Jones has been responsible for harassing parents of Sandy Hook children, Vegas shooting victims and threatening to kill the Special Counsel.

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