Apple removes most of US conspiracy theorist’s podcasts from iTunes

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Updated 06 August 2018
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Apple removes most of US conspiracy theorist’s podcasts from iTunes

  • The move by Apple is the most sweeping of a recent crackdown on Jones’s programs by Facebook and other online sites
  • Apple told Buzzfeed that it has removed the entire library for five of Jones’s six Infowars podcasts

LOS ANGELES: Most of US conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’s podcasts from his right-wing media platform Infowars have been removed from Apple’s iTunes and podcast apps, the media news website BuzzFeed quoted a company spokesman as saying on Sunday.
The move by Apple is the most sweeping of a recent crackdown on Jones’s programs by Facebook and other online sites that have suspended or removed some of his conspiracy-driven content.
Apple told Buzzfeed that it has removed the entire library for five of Jones’s six Infowars podcasts including the shows “War Room” and the daily “The Alex Jones Show.”
Only one program provided by Infowars, “RealNews with David Knight” remained on Apple’s platforms on Sunday, according to media accounts.
An Apple spokesperson was not available for comment early on Monday.
In other recent actions against Jones, Facebook suspended the radio and Internet host’s personal profile for 30 days in late July from Facebook’s site for what the company said was bullying and hate speech.
Also, Spotify, a music and podcast streaming company, removed some specific episodes of Jones’s programs last week.
“We take reports of hate content seriously and review any podcast episode or song that is flagged by our community,” a spokesperson said late on Sunday.
“Spotify can confirm it has removed specific episodes of ‘The Alex Jones Show’ podcast for violating our hate content policy,” the spokesperson said.
Since founding Infowars in 1999, Jones has built a vast audience. Among the theories he has promoted is that the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington were staged by the government.
He has also promoted a theory that the 2012 Sandy Hook school massacre was faked by left-wing forces to promote gun control. The shooting left 26 children and adults dead at a Connecticut elementary school.
Jones is currently being sued in Texas by two Sandy Hook parents, seeking at least $1 million, claiming that they have been the subject of harassment driven by his programs.
Neither Jones nor a representative for Infowars were available early on Monday for comment.


New Zealand plans new tax for giants like Google, Facebook

Updated 50 min 19 sec ago
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New Zealand plans new tax for giants like Google, Facebook

  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday the current tax system isn’t fair and there is a gap that needs to be closed
  • Revenue Minister Stuart Nash said the tax could be implemented next year

WELLINGTON, New Zealand: New Zealand’s government has announced plans for a new tax targeting online giants like Google and Facebook that earn plenty of money in the country but pay little tax.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday the current tax system isn’t fair and there is a gap that needs to be closed.
She said the proposed digital services tax would tax multinational online companies at about 2 or 3 percent on the revenue they generate in New Zealand. She said the rate is in line with other countries considering similar taxes.
Revenue Minister Stuart Nash said the tax could be implemented next year. He said New Zealand will continue working with the Organization For Economic Cooperation and Development to find an international solution to the problems of taxing big online companies.