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OPLIN 4Cast #606: Alex Jones is losing social media platforms, fast

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Last updated on August 9, 2018

Late Sunday evening, Apple removed Alex Jones’ Infowars podcasts from its iTunes and Podcasts library; Facebook and YouTube quickly followed in line (as did Spotify, MailChimp, Pinterest, etc.). The spotlight is on Twitter, which stands as the last social media platform giving Jones a voice. Jones is a conspiracy theorist who grew InfoWars from talk-radio and public-access programs into a media empire consisting of websites, subscription video, and various sales ventures, including T-shirts and dietary supplementsInfoWars content is generally described as far-right fake news, and the out-cry against it has been growing for weeks.

As of post time, Twitter still has not banned Jones’ account, arguing that he hasn’t violated their rules.

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