Apple moved first, striking the entire library for five of
Infowars’ six podcasts from its iTunes and Podcasts apps. Among
the podcasts, which were removed from Apple’s iTunes directory,
are the show War Room and the popular Alex Jones Show podcast,
which is hosted daily by the prominent conspiracy theorist.
After that, platforms that have come under far more scrutiny for
hosting Jones and his content — Facebook and YouTube — quickly
followed suit after long and tortured deliberations. Spotify also
did the same.
In all, the actions will currently seriously limit Jones’s ability
to reach his massive audience. Twitter and Periscope remain one of
the sole major platforms to still host Jones.
YouTube’s enforcement action will have the greatest impact on
Jones. His channel had nearly 2.5 million subscribers and more
than 1 billion views over its lifetime. It killed most if not all
of the videos hosted on Jones’s website.
I’m curious if these companies did this in cooperation, or if Apple acted alone and Facebook and YouTube followed in their wake. It sounds like this was Apple acting on its own and YouTube and Facebook followed their lead.