Spotify removes the controversial podcasts of Alex Jones by citing & # 039; I hate the content & # 039;

Spotify has eliminated episodes of the controversial podcast & # 39; The Alex Jones Show & # 39; for violating his hate content policy. The movement followed a backlash on social networks after the broadcast service continued to feature Jones' podcast (file photo)

Spotify has abandoned episodes of the controversial podcast & # 39; The Alex Jones Show & # 39; for violating his hate content policy.

The move follows a severe backlash on social networks that saw subscribers threaten to get rid of their accounts after the broadcast service continued to showcase the podcast of & # 39; Infowars & # 39; of Jones, despite the blocking of rivals Facebook and YouTube.

Days after the widespread complaint of its paid subscribers, Spotify has confirmed its decision to remove Infowars & # 39; specific episodes & # 39; of your service.

It is not clear exactly how many episodes have been discarded, although the vast majority of the content created by Alex Jones, a radio host and conspiracy theorist based in Austin, Texas, is still available to Spotify users.

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Spotify has eliminated episodes of the controversial podcast & # 39; The Alex Jones Show & # 39; for violating his hate content policy. The movement followed a backlash on social networks after the broadcast service continued to feature Jones' podcast (file photo)

Spotify has eliminated episodes of the controversial podcast & # 39; The Alex Jones Show & # 39; for violating his hate content policy. The movement followed a backlash on social networks after the broadcast service continued to feature Jones' podcast (file photo)

"We take reports of hate content seriously and we review any podcast or song episode that marks our community," the company said in a statement Wednesday.

"Spotify can confirm that it has removed specific episodes of the" The Alex Jones Show "podcast for violating our hate content policy," he said.

Jones says his shows, which are broadcast on radio, YouTube and other platforms, reach at least 70 million people a week.

Responding to Spotify's action on his podcast, Jones said it was "what I expected."

& # 39; I was born in censorship. I was born being repressed, "he said.

Among other claims, Jones has said that the mass shooting of Sandy Hook Elementary School 2012 is a hoax.

The move followed a backlash in social media that prompted subscribers to threaten to get rid of their accounts after Spotify continued to present the podcast of "Infowars & # 39; of Jones.

The move followed a backlash in social media that prompted subscribers to threaten to get rid of their accounts after Spotify continued to present the podcast of "Infowars & # 39; of Jones.

The move followed a backlash in social media that prompted subscribers to threaten to get rid of their accounts after Spotify continued to present the podcast of "Infowars & # 39; of Jones.

"It does not take place on your platform," Twitter user @FortRutledge shared on the social network in response to the controversy over the InfoWars host.

He was sued for defamation by the families of some of the children killed in that attack, which left 20 children and six adults dead.

Now he admits that the shooting took place, but he says that his demands were for freedom of expression. He has sought to dismiss the claim.

Jones's profile has extended from the extreme right wing in recent years. While running for president in 2015, Donald Trump told Jones that his reputation was "incredible."

The subscribers expressed their outrage on Twitter with some saying they would cancel their account. The writer Greg Rucka tweeted "Really a little horrified by Spotify taking Alex Jones & # 39;

The subscribers expressed their outrage on Twitter with some saying they would cancel their account. The writer Greg Rucka tweeted "Really a little horrified by Spotify taking Alex Jones & # 39;

The subscribers expressed their outrage on Twitter with some saying they would cancel their account. The writer Greg Rucka tweeted "Really a little horrified by Spotify taking Alex Jones & # 39;

"Seriously, I'm going to miss my subscription to Spotify, but this is a bridge too far," he tweeted another user under the handle @CopThese

The Spotify change follows similar blocks of Jones content launched by its rivals YouTube and Facebook.

The personal 44-year-old Facebook account was blocked for 30 days earlier this week, while four of its YouTube videos were removed last month.

The right-wing conspiracy theorist was accused of spreading hate speech and encouraging physical damage on platforms.

YouTube videos, which included images of a man pushing a child to the ground, were shared by the Austin user on his InfoWars website.

Among other claims, Jones has said that the mass shooting of Sandy Hook Elementary School 2012 is a hoax. He was sued for defamation by the families of some of the children killed in that attack, which left 20 children and six adults dead

Among other claims, Jones has said that the mass shooting of Sandy Hook Elementary School 2012 is a hoax. He was sued for defamation by the families of some of the children killed in that attack, which left 20 children and six adults dead

Among other claims, Jones has said that the mass shooting of Sandy Hook Elementary School 2012 is a hoax. He was sued for defamation by the families of some of the children killed in that attack, which left 20 children and six adults dead

Infowars issued a statement claiming that YouTube had slapped Jones' channel with a "community attack", meaning it can not broadcast live on YouTube for 90 days.

Spotify users criticized the service once they chose not to do the same.

Writer Greg Rucka tweeted last week: "I was really appalled that Spotify was taking Alex Jones.

"I know countless writers and artists who use the service, not anymore. & # 39;

Another user, who tweets under the handle @CopThese, added: "Seriously, I'm going to miss my subscription to Spotify, but this is a bridge too far."

The Sleeping Giants campaign, which aims to encourage companies to abandon ads from media organizations that encourage fanaticism, tweeted: "Really, @Spotify?

& # 39; Alex Jones has been responsible for harassing the parents of Sandy Hook's children, Vegas has shot the victims and threatens to kill the special lawyer.

& # 39; And now you're organizing your podcasts? & # 39;

WHAT HAS YOUTUBE DONE TO IMPROVE ITS MODERATION?

YouTube announced in December 2017 that it would hire 10,000 additional human moderators to monitor videos amid concerns that offensive content would enter the site.

Susan Wojcicki, executive director of the video-sharing site, revealed that YouTube's law enforcement teams reviewed two million videos of extremist content in the last six months, eliminating 150,000 of the site.

About 98 percent of the videos that were initially deleted were marked by the "computer learning" algorithms.

Nearly half were eliminated within two hours after loading, and 70% were removed in eight hours.

Ms. Wojcicki added: "Our goal is to stay one step ahead, making it harder for content that violates the policies to appear or stay on YouTube.

"We will use our advanced machine learning so that we can quickly remove content that violates our guidelines."

Earlier this year, YouTube's parent company, Google, announced that, starting February 20, channels will need 1,000 subscribers and will accumulate 4,000 hours of watch time in the last 12 months, regardless of the total number of views , to qualify.

Previously, channels with 10,000 total views qualified for the YouTube Partner Program, allowing creators to get some revenue from ads placed before their videos.

This threshold means that a creator who makes a ten-minute weekly video would need 1,000 subscribers and an average of 462 video visits to begin receiving advertising revenue.

This is the biggest change in the rules of advertising on the site since its inception, and it is another attempt to prevent the platform from being co-opted by bad actors & # 39; after the persistent complaints of advertisers in the last twelve months.

The new YouTube threshold means that a creator who makes a ten-minute weekly video would need 1,000 subscribers and an average of 462 video visits to start receiving advertising revenue.

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