(CelebrityAccess) — Facebook and YouTube have joined the growing list of companies who have pulled content from the controversial conspiracy theorist and political pundit Alex Jones from their platforms.
On Monday, Facebook removed four pages, associated with Jones, including the Alex Jones Channel Page, the Alex Jones Page, the InfoWars Page and the Infowars Nightly News Page, citing repeated violations of its policies.
“We believe in giving people a voice, but we also want everyone using Facebook to feel safe. It’s why we have Community Standards and remove anything that violates them, including hate speech that attacks or dehumanizes others. Earlier today, we removed four Pages belonging to Alex Jones for repeatedly posting content over the past several days that breaks those Community Standards,” the company said in a statement on Monday.
YouTube followed suit, pulling the plug on ‘The Alex Jones Channel’ also citing violations of content policies.
“All users agree to comply with our Terms of Service and Community Guidelines when they sign up to use YouTube. When users violate these policies repeatedly, like our policies against hate speech and harassment or our terms prohibiting circumvention of our enforcement measures, we terminate their accounts,” YouTube said in a statement.
Jones’s removal from the platforms follows similar moves by Spotify, who pulled Jones’ podcasts last week and Apple, who announced on Sunday night that they were also removing the majority of his podcasts from their service.
“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 company said in a statement to The Washington Post. “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.”
Last week, Spotify started the avalanche against Jones when they pulled select episodes of his “The Alex Jones Show” podcast from the streaming service. On Monday, they expanded the removal and announced that the podcast was fully banned from Spotify.
“We take reports of hate content seriously and review any podcast episode or song that is flagged by our community,” the company said in a statement to The Post. “Due to repeated violations of Spotify’s prohibited content policies, The Alex Jones Show has lost access to the Spotify platform.”
Jones is the founder of Infowars.com, a website known for promulgating conspiracy theories and inflammatory and easily debunked content presented as news.
Jones also hosts “The Alex Jones Show” which is broadcast nationally by the Genesis Communications Network AM and FM radio stations around the U.S.
Conspiracy theories Jones has pushed through his various media channels include the outrageous notion that the deady mass shootings, including the Route 91 Harvest Festival, as well as the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting were staged events intended to drive gun control legislation.
Jones, however, has not been banned on Twitter and on Monday, he took to the social media service in a bid to conflate his removal from the tech platforms as an infringement of free speech.
“We’ve been banned completely on Facebook, Apple, & Spotify. What conservative news outlet will be next?,” he tweeted.