"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," a spokesperson for Apple told Buzzfeed. "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."
Following the move by Apple, Facebook announced it had "removed four Pages belonging to Alex Jones for repeatedly posting content over the past several days that breaks ... Community Standards."
Facebook, which has been under pressure to remove Jones, made clear that the hate speech content on Alex Jones' pages, had "been reported" to it, and that Jones' false news was not the reason for removal.
The company wrote that it had taken down the pages "for glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies."
Jones has called the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting in which 20 first students, aged six and seven, and six school officials were massacred a hoax, claiming the victims were child actors, according to Media Matters.
Fred Gutenberg, the father of one of the teens killed at Florida's Parkland High School shooting, which took 17 lives, hailed the move.
This is great news. This man has attacked the victims of gun violence and specifically gone after the families of Sandy Hook and claimed that was a big hoax. Good riddance Alex Jones. https://t.co/dCTdDdEBvO
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) August 6, 2018
Sleeping Giants, which calls itself a "campaign to make bigotry and sexism less profitable," praised Apple's decision:
Tomorrow, Alex Jones will scream about his ban from iTunes being political.
There are plenty of conservative & liberal podcasts that don’t harass the parents of children killed at Sandy Hook or Las Vegas shooting victims.
This was not about right or left, but right and wrong.
— Sleeping Giants (@slpng_giants) August 6, 2018
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