Apple permanently banned InfoWars from the App Store — but it's still live on Android

Screenshot/InfowarsAlex Jones on InfoWars.
  • Apple on Friday banned the InfoWars app from its App Store for violating the company’s rules about “objectionable content.”
  • InfoWars, a well-known conspiracy theory outlet, has recently been kicked off various web platforms, including being permanently banned from Twitter.
  • The InfoWars app is still extant on the Google Play Store for Android phones, and has over 100,000 downloads.

Apple permanently banned InfoWars, the conspiracy theory outlet owned by Alex Jones, on Friday citing violations of its rules on “objectionable content.”

Apple told Reuters that InfoWars had specifically violated rules on, “defamatory, discriminatory, or mean-spirited content, including references or commentary about religion, race, sexual orientation, gender, national/ethnic origin, or other targeted groups, particularly if the app is likely to humiliate, intimidate, or place a targeted individual or group in harm’s way.”

Alex Jones, the primary host on InfoWars, has previously claimed that the Sandy Hook school shooting was a hoax using child actors, and was permanently banned from Twitter for violating its abusive behaviour policy. In early August, Apple led a round of tech giants like Facebook and YouTube in scrubbing many of Jones’s podcasts from iTunes.

A search for “InfoWars Official” on the App Store now brings up a suggestion for The Rebel Media’s app, a far-right Canadian outlet associated with the alt-right.

The “InfoWars Official” app is still alive and well on Android, with over 100,000 downloads on the Google Play store.

Infowars on AndroidGoogle Play/Business InsiderThis screenshot was taken by Business Insider at 10:28 BST.

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 designed to provide a great experience for users and developers. If an app violates our policies, we take action.”

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