Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Apple says it's monitoring Infowars app

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Jeannette Daniel | 10 August, 2018, 07:45

But the company is monitoring the app. The show, for example has famously spread misinformation about the Sandy Hook school shooting, claiming it never happened.

Infowars fans subsequently sought other ways to find Jones's content, and his app shot up the Apple and Google Play app store rankings. And on August 6, not only YouTube, but also Facebook, Spotify and Apple have removed Jones and his Infowars network from their platforms.

But Web users can still access Infowars through its website and through the same tech companies that just banned it. Google offers the Infowars app for Android users, and Apple customers can download it through the App Store.

Jones is now facing a raft of defamation lawsuits, including multiple suits from the families of Sandy Hook victims.

At the same time, we're learning more and more about how digital platforms were used as tools to spread false information and influence both the 2016 USA presidential election and the UK Brexit referendum.

A deeper dive into Apple's guidelines says the company bans apps that feature "content that is offensive, insensitive, upsetting, meant to disgust, or in exceptionally poor taste", according to Buzzfeed News.

Apple does not tolerate hate speech, and we have clear guidelines that creators and developers must follow to ensure we provide a safe environment for all of our users.

More news: China outpaces U.S. in 5G wireless development

Six families of the victims have sued Jones for defamation.

While running for president in 2015, Donald Trump told Jones his reputation was 'amazing'.

Jones says his shows, which are broadcast on radio and online platforms and had been available on YouTube, reached at least 70 million people a week.

Apple has said that it will continue to monitor the App, but so far it has not broken its code of conduct.

The change came at the same time as conservatives and prominent activists like Tommy Robison lost their Twitter account verification.

The company is responding by expediting a review of its content policies, according to an internal email that Chief Executive Jack Dorsey shared on Twitter on Wednesday.

Regarding what does constitute a violation of Twitter's rules, Dorsey said "any sort of violent speech - encouragement toward violence, harassment - is directly against our terms of service, and we take immediate action on it".

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