Apple permanently banned InfoWars from the App Store

Alfred Osborne
September 13, 2018

Another door closes on Infowars' Alex Jones.

Apple Inc said on Friday that it had banned from its App Store the Infowars app belonging to popular USA conspiracy theorist Alex Jones after finding that it had violated the company's rules against "objectionable content". It's worth noting, however, that the Infowars app does not store content, which presumably made violations of Apple's guidlines more hard to police. Infowars also says that it has received no termination notice from Apple and refers to the app's removal as "censorship".

Prior to the permanent suspension, Twitter faced scrutiny over its decision to keep Jones and Infowars on their platform after companies including Spotify, Facebook and YouTube all banned him from their services. But the distribution channel the App Store represents has now been denied to Jones.

Business Insider contacted Google for details on its guidelines for the Google Play store, and received this response from a spokesperson: "While we don't comment on specific apps, we can confirm that our content policies are created to provide a great experience for users and developers".

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We've reached out to Apple for comment on why it finally banned the InfoWars app, but didn't receive a response by publishing time.

The app won't stop working for anyone that's already downloaded it, but any new iPhone users won't be able to find it on the online store.

The iOS app had been downloaded about 2 million times since July, and a similar app designed for Google's competing Android operating system has been downloaded roughly 600,000 times in the same span, claimed Saturday.

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