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Spotify has agreed to pulll some episodes of a podcast hosted by Alex Jones after facing an online backlash over its relationship with the right-wing commentator.
“We take reports of hate content seriously and review any podcast episode or song that is flagged by our community,” the company said Wednesday in a statement. “Spotify can confirm it has removed specific episodes of The Alex Jones Show podcast for violating our hate content policy.”
Jones, the founder of the website InfoWars, is known for spreading far-right conspiracy theories. Several technology companies have come under fire in recent months over their willingness to continue to host his content. Facebook suspended his personal page last week for violating its policies. YouTube has also issued several strikes against Jones’ channel in recent months and recently took down some of his videos.
Earlier this week, a chorus of Twitter users criticized Spotify for offering Jones’ podcast to its users. Many of the tweets noted that Jones has claimed that the Sandy Hook shooting didn’t happen and that the victims of the Parkland shooting were paid actors.
Spotify content-moderation rules last made headlines in the spring after the music streamer said that it would remove songs from playlists if the artist was the subject of misconduct allegations like those against XXXTentacion and R. Kelly. After Spotify received complaints about the harshness of the policy, the company walked it back.
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