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Tech com­pa­nies re­move Alex Jones

NEW YORK—Ma­jor tech com­pa­nies have be­gun to ban right-wing con­spir­acy the­o­rist Alex Jones from their ser­vices, re­flect­ing a more ag­gres­sive en­force­ment of poli­cies against hate speech fol­low­ing protests on so­cial me­dia.

Face­book has taken down four pages be­long­ing to Jones, in­clud­ing two fea­tur­ing his “In­fowars” show, for vi­o­lat­ing its hate speech and bul­ly­ing poli­cies. Over the past sev­eral days, Ap­ple, YouTube and Spo­tify have also re­moved ma­te­rial pub­lished by Jones. Twit­ter, which hasn’t banned Jones, has also faced sim­i­lar calls.

Jones has amassed a large fol­low­ing on the right while pro­mul­gat­ing con­spir­acy the­o­ries that claim ter­ror at­tacks such as 9-11 were ac­tu­ally car­ried out by the gov­ern­ment. Among his claims is that the 2012 Sandy Hook El­e­men­tary School mass shoot­ing, which left 20 chil­dren and six adults dead, was a hoax.

Con­spir­acy the­o­rist, and host of In­forwars, Alex Jones.

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