In an unprecedented action, technology giant Apple has removed conspiratorial news content from its iTunes library. This major crackdown came when Apple found that Alex Jones is spreading hate speech through its show “War Room” on Infowars podcasts.
Following this action, other platforms like Spotify, Facebook, and YouTube have also sprung into action and removed contents created by Jones.
Apple Takes Punitive Action Against Alex Jones and Infowars’ Podcasts
According to the BuzzFeed, Apple’s move to remove all episodes, rather than the offending ones, is the biggest enforcement action taken by any technology company.
Except for Real News with David Night, all other Infowars shows have been removed from iTunes. Since Apple is one of the major podcast distributors, other platforms have followed suit.
Users won’t be able to find these shows in search on iOS devices or iTunes on Mac or Windows computers.
In an official statement, Apple spokesperson says, “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.”
The spokesperson further adds, “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.”
If you have been regularly following Alex Jones’ shows, you can still add the shows to your Apple Podcasts manually using “Add a Podcast by URL” feature.
Simply open Podcasts app on your iOS device > tap on Library from the bottom menu > tap on Edit button from top right corner > then tap “Add a Podcast by URL” option. In the last, paste the feed URL into the dialog box appears on your device screen.
Apple strictly follows its content policies to serve the best content to the users. The company never tolerates dehumanizing content on any of its content platform.
Unlike other content monitoring sites, Apple uses human editors to keep close tabs on the content uploaded on its Apple News app. Notably, Apple has introduced the 2018 Midterm Elections in its News App to present quality news from trustworthy sources.
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