Facebook has taken down much of Alex “Infowars” Jones’ content, as have Apple and Spotify.
(Update, 7/8/18: Apple was the first to move. The others were clearly waiting for somebody else to lead.)
The company [Facebook] said it removed the pages “for glorifying violence, which violates our graphic violence policy, and using dehumanizing language to describe people who are transgender, Muslims and immigrants, which violates our hate speech policies.”
Apple does not tolerate hate speech
This stuff is all in the terms and conditions. For example, for Apple’s podcasts there is an outright ban on:
- Content that could be construed as racist, misogynist, or homophobic
- Content depicting graphic sex, violence, gore, illegal drugs, or hate themes
Although its enforcement has been patchy, this is Facebook’s policy:
We do not allow hate speech on Facebook… We define hate speech as a direct attack on people based on what we call protected characteristics – race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, sex, gender, gender identity and serious disability or disease.
I have some sympathy for these firms, because enforcement is a big job. Facebook again:
Over the last two months, on average, we deleted around 66,000 posts reported as hate speech per week — that’s around 288,000 posts a month globally.
That’s a lot of hate. But the point is, it’s against the rules whether it’s uploaded to Apple, posted on Facebook, streaming on Spotify or tweeted on Twitter. Apple alone is now a $1 trillion company; Facebook $522 billion; Twitter $32 billion; and Twitter $24 billion. If they’re short of moderators, they can afford to hire more.