Apple Inc. bans Alex Jones app for ‘objectionable content’

Apple said at the time that the Infowars app remained in its store because it had not been found to be in violation of any content policies. (File/Reuters)
Updated 08 September 2018
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Apple Inc. bans Alex Jones app for ‘objectionable content’

  • The move makes Apple the latest tech company or social media platform to take action against Jones
  • On Thursday, Twitter Inc. permanently banned Jones and his website from its platform and Periscope, saying in a tweet that the accounts had violated its behavior policies

LOS ANGELES: Apple Inc. said on Friday that it had banned from its App Store the Infowars app belonging to popular US conspiracy theorist Alex Jones after finding that it had violated the company’s rules against “objectionable content.”
The move makes Apple the latest tech company or social media platform to take action against Jones, a deeply controversial right-wing radio talk-show host who has suggested that the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax, among other sensational claims.
Apple said the guidelines Jones violated bar “defamatory, discriminatory, or mean-spirited content, including references or commentary about religion, race, sexual orientation, gender, national/ethnic origin, or other targeted groups, particularly if the app is likely to humiliate, intimidate, or place a targeted individual or group in harm’s way.”
Representatives for Jones could not immediately be reached for comment by Reuters on Friday evening.
On Thursday, Twitter Inc. permanently banned Jones and his website from its platform and Periscope, saying in a tweet that the accounts had violated its behavior policies.
In a video posted on the Infowars website on Thursday, Jones said in response: “I was taken down not because we lied but because we tell the truth and because we were popular.”
Last month, Twitter banned Jones and Infowars for seven days, citing tweets that it said violated the company’s rules against abusive behavior, which state that a user may not engage in targeted harassment of someone or incite other people to do so.
Apple said at the time that the Infowars app remained in its store because it had not been found to be in violation of any content policies, although it had removed access to some podcasts by Jones.
The podcasts differ from the Infowars app by allowing access to an extensive list of previous episodes, subjecting all of those past episodes to Apple’s content rules.
The Infowars app contains only rebroadcasts of the current day’s episodes, subjecting a much smaller set of content to the rules. Apple said it regularly monitors all apps for content violations.
Google parent Alphabet Inc, Facebook Inc. and Spotify Technology SA have also removed content produced by Jones.


Afghan radio station closes down following Taliban threats

Updated 16 July 2019
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Afghan radio station closes down following Taliban threats

  • Ramez Azimi, director of the Samaa station in the city of Ghazni, the capital of eastern Ghazni province, says he received phone calls as well as written warning notes
  • The station was closed four days ago; its third closure in the past four years

KABUL, Afghanistan: The head of a local radio station in eastern Afghanistan says it was shut down after repeated threats from the area’s Taliban commander.
Ramez Azimi, director of the Samaa station in the city of Ghazni, the capital of eastern Ghazni province, says he received phone calls as well as written warning notes purportedly from the Taliban commander.
Azimi says the Taliban, who control several districts in Ghazni province, threatened them because three of the station’s 16 employees are women. The Taliban are against women’s rights to education and work.
He told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the station was closed four days ago. It was its third closure in the past four years.
Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, denied the insurgents had threatened Samaa.