Early Monday, Apple decided to drop all of radio host’s Alex Jones podcasts from its Podcast Store and iTunes. After a public backlash against tech platforms that carry notorious conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ content, who is the host of a show called InfoWars.
Apple is following other tech giants such as YouTube, which the company has also removed some of InfoWar’s content from its service.
Website buzzfeed.com was the first to notice the removal and it had contacted Apple for a statement, to which the company said:
“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. 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.”
A podcast called “Real News With David Knight,” which is produced by InfoWars not hosted by Jones himself, was not removed, however.
The move by Apple arrives as tech platforms have come under increased pressure to avoid dissemination of false content, including conspiracy theories. Last week, Spotify pulled some episodes of Jones’ shows, and the podcast platform Stitcher removed Jones’ podcast altogether.