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[September 08, 2018]
By Dan Whitcomb
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Apple Inc said on
Friday that it had banned from its App Store the Infowars app belonging
to popular U.S. conspiracy theorist Alex Jones after finding that it had
violated the company's rules against "objectionable content".
The move makes Apple the latest tech company or social media platform to
take action against Jones, a deeply controversial right-wing radio
talk-show host who has suggested that the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre was a
hoax, among other sensational claims.
Apple said the guidelines Jones violated bar "defamatory,
discriminatory, or mean-spirited content, including references or
commentary about religion, race, sexual orientation, gender,
national/ethnic origin, or other targeted groups, particularly if the
app is likely to humiliate, intimidate, or place a targeted individual
or group in harm's way."
Representatives for Jones could not immediately be reached for comment
by Reuters on Friday evening.
On Thursday, Twitter Inc permanently banned Jones and his website from
its platform and Periscope, saying in a tweet that the accounts had
violated its behavior policies.
In a video posted on the Infowars website on Thursday, Jones said in
response: "I was taken down not because we lied but because we tell the
truth and because we were popular."
Last month, Twitter banned Jones and Infowars for seven days, citing
tweets that it said violated the company's rules against abusive
behavior, which state that a user may not engage in targeted harassment
of someone or incite other people to do so.
Apple said at the time that the Infowars app remained in its store
because it had not been found to be in violation of any content
policies, although it had removed access to some podcasts by Jones.
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Alex Jones of Infowars talks to the media while visiting the U.S.
Senate's Dirksen Senate office building as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey
testifies before a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol
Hill in Washington, U.S., September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
The podcasts differ from the Infowars app by allowing access to an
extensive list of previous episodes, subjecting all of those past
episodes to Apple's content rules.
The Infowars app contains only rebroadcasts of the current day's
episodes, subjecting a much smaller set of content to the rules.
Apple said it regularly monitors all apps for content violations.
Google parent Alphabet Inc, Facebook Inc and Spotify Technology SA
have also removed content produced by Jones.
(Reporting by Stephen Nellis in San Francisco and Dan Whitcomb in
Los Angeles; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)
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