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Apple permanently banned InfoWars from the App Store

13 September, 2018, 13:09 | Author: Rafael Roberts
  • Alex Jones at a rally of people claiming the 9/11 terror attacks were carried out by the U.S. government

"Your app includes content that could be considered defamatory or mean-spirited and appears to humiliate, intimidate or place a targeted individual or group in harm's way", said in the notification.

Just this week Twitter took the decision to permanently ban Alex Jones and Infowars from its platform, and Jones has also been banned from numerous other networks.

Apple didn't respond to a request for comment, but a spokeswoman told The New York Times that the app was pulled because of App Store policies that prohibit content that's "offensive, insensitive, upsetting, meant to disgust or in exceptionally poor taste".

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.


A search for "InfoWars Official" on the App Store now brings up a suggestion for The Rebel Media's app, a far-right Canadian outlet associated with the alt-right.

After last month's crackdown, the Infowars app saw a jump in downloads, rising to the third slot under top free apps in the App Store's news category, according to The Washington Post. Though it cautioned that the app is still too new to the App Store to provide definitive daily average user analytics, Apptopia told BuzzFeed News that Infowars has logged more than 600,000 hours spent in-app as of August. That means Apple's content policies cover only a smaller set of content found in the app than in the podcasts.

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