Apple has once again taken decisive action, this time against podcasts that promote hate and conspiracy theories that have been removed from the Apple Podcast platform . This decision has been confirmed by Apple itself to Buzzfeed News throughout tonight. With this measure Apple has become the first company that has banned Alex Jones’ content from its platforms, a podcaster who is famous for his conspiracy theories and for the hate speech he transmits to his listeners. According to 9to5mac, YouTube and Spotify have also withdrawn some episodes, but have never decided to deprive this user of uploading his content.
As I said before, Infowars podcasts directed by Alex Jones have been used to spread conspiracy ideas related to the attacks of 11 S where he even claimed that the government was behind these attacks.
These programs have been completely removed from the Podcast platform so if you were looking for them, they won’t appear in the search results , although it’s true that from the “Add a podcast by URL” function we can still find some fans listening to Alex Jones’ programs on iTunes.
Apple has claimed that these programs do not comply with the rules of iTunes, as stated in a statement to Buzzfeed News.
Apple does not tolerate hate speech, and we have clear guidelines that creators and developers must follow to ensure that we provide a safe environment for all our users. Podcasts that violate these guidelines are removed from our directory making them unsearchable or available for download or streaming. We believe in representing a wide range of viewpoints, as long as people are respectful of those who hold different opinions.
Do you think Apple was right to remove these programs from their platforms?