Facebook removes 4 pages from InfoWars and Alex Jones

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After pulling several episodes of Jones' podcast last week, Spotify has now removed all episodes of The Alex Jones Show podcast from its site.

Apple, Spotify and Facebook each removed the majority of conservative radio show host Alex Jones' content from their platforms, citing community guidelines against hate speech.

Apple has confirmed the move and said that it took action against Alex Jones and InfoWars due to the use of hate speech, which is a violation of its terms. The decision to completely pull the other shows, including "The Alex Jones Show" and "War Room", represents a broader effort than those made by other companies in recent days to stop disseminating material associated with Jones, whom the Southern Poverty Law Center calls "the most prolific conspiracy theorist in contemporary America".

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

Facebook followed suit on Monday, removing the InfoWars page along with three other offshoot pages for "repeated violations of Community Standards".

He has also claimed that many of children killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre were actors.

It comes after Jones's personal Facebook profile was suspended for 30 days in July for what the social media website said was bullying and hate speech.

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Jones is facing defamation lawsuits from the families of Sandy Hook victims after his claims that the school shooting was a hoax.

YouTube, which is dealing with its own fake news problem, recently hit Jones and InfoWars with a second "strike", but the man and his show have not been banned yet from their service.

"The establishment is making its move against free speech here in America", said Jones afterwards. The social network, however, eventually removed the videos from the Alex Jones Channel Page, the Alex Jones Page, the InfoWars Page, and the Infowars Nightly News Page. Among the theories he has promoted is that the 9/11 attacks on NY and Washington were staged by the government.

In reality, the fact that tech companies acted now, after tolerating Infowars on their platforms for years, has much more to do with mounting outside pressure.

Facebook didn't disclose what specific content violated its policies, although it noted the decision wasn't prompted by "false news". Last week, Spotify removed only certain episodes of the podcast, but the music-streaming company said the program continued to defy the rules against hate content.

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

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