Apple says it is monitoring Infowars app for content violations

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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.

Shear goes on to explain that he is not a supporter of Alex Jones or his Infowars productions.

"We didn't suspend Alex Jones or Infowars yesterday", Dorsey said in a series of tweets late Tuesday.

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In a statement Sunday evening to BuzzFeed News, Apple confirmed that it notified Jones of the decision to remove the five shows under its hate speech guidelines earlier this weekend.

Twitter remains a holdout in this situation, as it hasn't punished or banned Jones or InfoWars like other tech giants have.

Infowars fans subsequently sought other ways to find Jones's content, and his app shot up the Apple and Google Play app store rankings.

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Jones' podcasts differed from the Infowars app in a key way. Seeing as the company has been so vocal lately about trying to curb "troll-like behaviors" and working to "reduce people's ability to detract from healthy public conversation", it seems like they'd be on board with banning someone who has built his career on harassing the parents of murdered children as well as teenage school shooting victims, who uses his platform to spread unsafe and hateful misinformation. Several of the children's families - who have been harassed and threatened by people who believe the conspiracy theory - have filed lawsuits against Jones. It has suggested that the Sandy Hook massacre was a hoax, and that the September 11 terrorist attacks were an inside job orchestrated by the United States government.

While running for president in 2015, Donald Trump told Jones his reputation was 'amazing'. It's also possible that InfoWars itself is removing the videos as a way of avoiding a full Twitter suspension.

In the thread, Dorsey says they are "going to hold Jones to the same standard we hold to every account, not taking one-off actions to make us feel good in the short term, and adding fuel to new conspiracy theories", presumably referencing the theory that conservative voices have been getting "shadow banned" from the platform, but it's an odd choice of words considering who we're talking about.

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Infowars apparently scrambled Thursday to avoid getting kicked off Twitter - the only big digital platform that hasn't yet booted the hate-mongering media outfit - by deleting old posts that violated the social-media company's terms of service.