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Apple, Facebook and YouTube Remove Content From Alex Jones and InfowarsND

Jack Nicas, The New York Times, Monday 6 August 2018

Alex Jones, founder of Infowars – a right-wing site that has been a leading peddler of false information online – found most of his posts and videos deleted by technology firms on Monday. Apple, Google, Facebook and Spotify severely restricted Mr Jones’ reach, in one of the tech companies’ most aggressive efforts against misinformation yet. Some of Mr Jones’ dark and bizarre theories spread online include that the Sandy Hook school shooting was a hoax and that Democrats run a global sex ring. Apple was the first to make its move, removing content on Sunday, with the others following the day after. Deleting content is a tricky business for tech companies, who have long desired to combat misinformation online but have been reluctant to become arbiters of truth. On the move, an Apple spokesperson said “Apple does not tolerate hate speech.”

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