Apple and Google haven’t banned Infowars apps, and their downloads are booming

Infowars Official, the app named after Alex Jones’
controversial radio talk show, has become the
fourth most popular news app
in the United States that’s
currently available in the iOS App Store, according to public
rankings. It was the 47th most popular just two days ago.

The free app, which launched in June, streams live shows and
written pieces from Jones and other conservative pundits. It
also links to the Infowars store where visitors can buy
T-shirts and skincare products. An Android version of the app
is available in the Google Play Store; there,
it jumped
from being the 31st most popular news app to the
11th.

The spike in popularity comes after a number of major platforms
dropped Infowars this week on the grounds that the show’s
conspiracy theories violate community guidelines. Yesterday,

Apple pulled
five of Jones’ six Infowars-branded podcasts
from its Podcasts app. Since then,
Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, and others
have all taken steps
to remove Jones’ content from their platforms. Previously,

the Alex Jones Channel
had more than 2.5 million
subscribers.

“I know who’s side is corrupt and treasonous.”

Following these removals, the Infowars app was flooded with
five-star reviews championing the idea of free speech, with
titles like “Infowars WILL NOT be silenced.”

“When I have to seek out and search for the information and
views I want to hear rather than them be available to me from
any and all platforms, I know who’s side is corrupt and
treasonous,” said one review. “I was 50/50 on the fence about
Alax Jones, but now that they have taken away my rights I’m
100% sure infowars has been truth all along.”

Apple initially banned most of Jones’ content from its Podcast
platform for violating rules related to hate speech, according
to
a statement given to BuzzFeed News
. Apple’s
guidelines
for its App Store
, meanwhile, have no such written rules
concerning hate speech or conspiratorial content, though they
do restrict apps with “content that encourages violence.”
Previously, Apple rejected an app for Gab, the social network
favored by many alt-right groups, on the grounds that it
contained
pornographic content
.

According to Apple’s guidelines page:

We will reject apps for any content or behavior that we
believe is over the line. What line, you ask? Well, as a
Supreme Court Justice once said, “I’ll know it when I see
it.” And we think that you will also know it when you cross
it.

The Google Play Store has clear rules regarding hate speech:

We don’t allow apps that promote violence, or incite hatred
against individuals or groups based on race or ethnic origin,
religion, disability, age, nationality, veteran status,
sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or any other
characteristic that is associated with systemic
discrimination or marginalization.

Neither Apple nor Google responded to a request for comment.

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