YouTube recently removed Alex Jones' and InfoWars' channels, but similarly to Apple, the InfoWars app remains available in the Google Play Store. However, after that removal, some were perplexed when Apple didn't remove the InfoWars app as well.
But Web users can still access Infowars through its website and through the same tech companies that just banned it. Google offers the Infowars app for Android users, and Apple customers can download it through the App Store.
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. (In fact, the terms of service for Infowars.com itself includes such a provision.) It's also worth noting that the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment does not protect defamatory speech or incitements to violence.
Jones is now facing a raft of defamation lawsuits, including multiple suits from the families of Sandy Hook victims.
"If we succumb and simply react to outside pressure, rather than straightforward principles we enforce (and evolve) impartially regardless of political viewpoints, we become a service that's constructed by our personal views that can swing in any direction", Jack writes.
Jones has also targeted eight other Sandy Hook families in the same way. "I think that while Facebook and YouTube officials are hiding under their desks not knowing what to do next, I really give Jack Dorsey a lot of credit cause he agreed to come on the program today". The app lets users stream broadcasts which don't remain on the app, making them harder to review for policy violations, whereas the podcasts are archived and easily reviewable.
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Finally, online digital platforms are taking the threat from Alex Jones seriously - and it's about time.
Some users caught an Orwellian vibe to the policy and suggested it's unacceptable for a social media platform to poke its nose in what they're doing when not logged on.
Not everyone agrees with Dorsey's decision.
Removing the hate-mongering Alex Jones from his platforms is a huge step forward in the fight against fake news.
"We do believe in the power of free expression, but we need to balance that with the bad-faith actors who intentionally try to silence others", he said.