Apple drops Infowars and other podcasts from iTunes

"We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions", the statement added.

Meanwhile, The Guardian reported Monday morning that Facebook, after much pressure, had banned four Jones-run pages (the Alex Jones Channel Page, the Alex Jones Page, the Infowars Page and the Infowars Nightly News Page) from its platform.

Apple's decision to remove all of Alex Jones' podcasts is the broadest action taken against him online. Instead, Apple Podcasts is simply a list of links to podcasts hosted on independent servers around the world.

Apple has wiped iTunes and its podcasting app virtually clean of content by Alex Jones, in one of the most aggressive moves by technology companies and streaming services against the conspiracy theorist and owner of the right-wing media platform Infowars. About 100 episodes of Infowars news-recap podcast RealNews With David Knight that remain available on iTunes.

Jones says his shows, which are broadcast on radio, YouTube and other platforms, reach at least 70 million people a week. Among the theories he has promoted is that the September 11, 2001 attacks on NY and Washington were staged by the government.

He has also promoted a theory that the Sandy Hook massacre was faked by leftwing forces to promote gun control.

Jones is now being sued in Texas by two Sandy Hook parents, seeking at least $1 million (£0.77 million), claiming that they have been the subject of harassment driven by his programs.

Infowars did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The free app, released in July 2018, provides the ability to live-stream Infowars shows including Real News, The Alex Jones Show and War Room and access articles. It follows the company taking down four of Jones' videos last month.

Jones hosts the daily Alex Jones Show podcast which, along with a number of other Infowars shows, can no longer be found in the Apple directory. Spotify took down several episodes of the show last week.

It's unclear exactly how many episodes were ditched, although the vast majority of content created by Jones remains available to Spotify users.

The move by Facebook is the latest crackdown on Jones, who has recently had content removed from other platforms.

Jones, who propagates many far-right theories on his show, is now being sued by the parents of one of the 20 children who was killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

'Alex Jones has been responsible for harassing parents of Sandy Hook children, Vegas shooting victims and threatening to kill the Special Counsel.