Poor Alex Jones. He just cant seem to catch a break.
First, he gets criticized for accusing the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School of being a hoax; his false claims inciting death threats to the survivors and victim’s parents.
Now, Jones is facing a dilution of his audience thanks to his sound ideals and unique manner of dealing with the public.
Of course, this is said with complete irony.
Jones is known for being a baseless accuser and mind-numbing conspiracy theorist with a knack for going after actual victims.
Due to his unwelcomed style of approaching issues and people, Jones’ podcast has been pulled from a popular podcast app.
Stitcher has made the decision to drop Jones’ content entirely from its library.
In a public statement, Stitcher took issue with Jones’ methods.
“He has, on multiple occasions, harassed or allowed harassment of private individuals and organizations.”
After Jones’ vile coverage of the Sandy Hook shooting, the anti-hate organization, Sleeping Giants, made a move against the The Alex Jones Show and Infowars host.
According to the organization, Jones is in direct violation of the terms of service for multiple platforms including:
- Apple Music
Oh, no. Sorry.
They’re not protecting them. Just the guy who’s harassing them! pic.twitter.com/hcZJYzKUFa
— Sleeping Giants (@slpng_giants) August 2, 2018
These people are completely lacking in morality. I can't believe this cretin is trying to sue parents who lost their children in Sandy Hook for $100,000 because he feels that they have infringed on his right to spread lies & make their lives miserable!
— White Lies Matter (@WhiteLiesMatta) August 2, 2018
Though Jones remains intact in many of those platforms, Stitcher recognized that Sleeping Giants was right.
It wasn’t the only podcast app to respond, however.
Spotify announced that it would be removing some of Jones’ podcasts, but he would still have a presence.
Thanks for your note. We have reviewed Alex Jones’ podcasts and found he has, on multiple occasions, harassed or allowed harassment of private individuals and organizations, (1/2)
— Stitcher (@Stitcher) August 3, 2018
A Spotify spokesperson told NPR:
“We take reports of hate content seriously and review any podcast episode or song that is flagged by our community.”
“Spotify can confirm it has removed specific episodes of ‘The Alex Jones Show’ podcast for violating our hate content policy.”
This isn't difficult, or complex, or morally unclear. Infowars has no place on their platforms, if they value their platforms at all.
— Pierre Asselin (@PierAsselin) August 2, 2018
Spotify also took to Twitter and stated:
“We don’t share specifics around our content decisions, as to not draw further attention to the content in question, but will take action to remove content that violates our hate content policy.”
Stitcher saying it's dropping Alex Jones' content is really significant. It's one of the first examples we have of a tech company taking a stand against deceptive content. I'm excited for what this means. Making things up about real people shouldn't be a viable business model.
— Shannon Coulter (@shannoncoulter) August 3, 2018
Jones is currently facing three defamation suits filed by relatives of victims of the Sandy Hook shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
The suits claim that, because of Jones’ hoax accusations, lives have been uprooted. Some relatives have been forced to avoid making public appearances.
In some instances, death threats to the victim’s parents have also been reported.
There's a national campaign to defame Infowars by claiming we're bullying & harassing citizens. We’re not only responding to Stitcher – we’re putting other platforms on notice that your clear intent is to get us de-platformed by defaming us. You’re on notice. Stop it. -Alex Jones
— Alex Jones (@RealAlexJones) August 3, 2018
I can't wait until you are sued out of existence.
— Steven Crowder drinks pee pee (@BurnaKyle) August 3, 2018
So far, though Stitcher and Spotify made a move to remove Jones’ hate speech and false accusations against murder victims and their families, the remaining major platforms have stayed silent and have not removed Jones’ material.
For the record, when it comes to @Facebook Community Standards:
Picasso is a VIOLATION.
Alex Jones harassing parents of Sandy Hook kids is NOT A VIOLATION.
Seems normal. https://t.co/DXtqI7TEMZ
— Sleeping Giants (@slpng_giants) August 3, 2018