Spotify Removes InfoWars Episodes, Citing Its ‘Hate Conduct Policy’

Alex Jones of InfoWars: Spotify's latest add.
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Alex Jones of InfoWars: booted by Spotify.

Looks like Spotify is reviving its ‘Hate Conduct Policy’ — starting with Alex Jones’ InfoWars.  But not every episode will be removed.

Spotify has quickly reversed its decision to incorporate Alex Jones’ InfoWars podcast onto its platform, thanks to a torrent of protest from thousands of subscribers.  Earlier this week, the streaming music platform welcomed InfoWars as one of its latest podcast additions, while praising Jones for being ‘a seasoned radio broadcaster‘.

That triggered a surge of protests, including repeated cancellations — or threats of cancellations — from upset subscribers.

Just moments ago, Spotify officially confirmed the cancellation of ‘specific episodes’.

“We take reports of hate content seriously and review any podcast episode or song that is flagged by our community,” the company stated. “Spotify can confirm it has removed specific episodes of ‘The Alex Jones Show’ podcast for violating our hate content policy.”

One thing to note, however.  Spotify has indicated that it’s removing ‘specific’ episodes, not the whole series of podcasts.  So let’s see how that goes down with irate users over the next 24-48 hours.

On Twitter, a seemingly endless stream of complaints over the Alex Jones addition had emerged.

Many users were threatening to cancel, while others have already cut the cord — and uploaded their cancellation confirmations as proof.

Earlier today, a search for ‘cancel Spotify’ on Twitter yielded hundreds — if not thousands — of irate threats like these.

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Separately, a petition on Spotify’s Community pages garnered nearly 2,000 votes, with subscribers demanding that InfoWars be yanked.

“Please consider banning Alex Jones’ Info Wars podcast,” the protest urged.  “His hate-filled and inaccurate ‘reporting’ should not be given a platform anywhere, especially not on Spotify.  I can not in good conscious continue to pay for a paid subscription for a service that also provides a hateful man a platform to spread more hate and fear.”

Spotify initially seemed unwilling to budge, potentially because of the revenue upside associated with including InfoWars.

Ryan Nelson is someone who decided to cancel his subscription because of the InfoWars addition.  Here’s the response he received yesterday when specifying his reason to Spotify support:

“Thanks for getting in touch and giving us your feedback about the podcast Info Wars. Though we’re sad to see you go, we’re here to help cancel your subscription.”

But Spotify quickly shifted course, especially after a number of publications intensified the protests.

DMN started covering this yesterday.  Today, the situation was garnering ink from Huffington Post, Variety, and The Hill, among other big-name publications.  That further fueled outrage on Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks, with high-profile artists and even Spotify executives getting involved.

In total, it looks like Jones’ show was on Spotify for about 48 hours before the specific episodes were removed.

 


 

12 Responses

  1. Jack

    The hate Alex Jones projects, and which is a perfectly accurate description considering his animation, is hate for particular people – namely politicians and public figures whom criticism is already regularly meted out upon. To conflate his hate as being a categorical hate upon an immutable group of people (i.e., women, ethnic groups, etc.), as this policy has applied in the past for and is a direct term of art from actual legislation for such, would be *wildly* inaccurate and an example of that exact, selfsame hate and prejudice of those who wish to shut him down… His reporting isn’t always accurate, and he’s made plenty of mistakes (Sandy Hook being one), but no one watches Alex Jones for the comfort and royal standard of corroboration, but for being an all-eyed messenger of possible truths that are currently being thwarted from the transoms of major news outlets.

    • just sick of these idiots

      really? possible truths? turn this off and turn fox news back on..go away..far far away..and then go even farther away..and for gods sake stop using words you don’t even understand.

      • Jack

        My friend, there isn’t a *single* audience member of Alex Jones that would dissemble you away from the affirmation that InfoWars gives air and propagation to conspiracy… And it’s unlikely that if you pressed Alex Jones himself on that point, that he would demur. His show is precisely an exercise of a uniquely American reality: a transom-less and unfettered news-topical broadcast, anchored by a colorful personality. The temper of high journalism unfortunately doesn’t exist in the U.S. as it once did, and because of that, it’s very felicitous – much like being a liberal in the general sense – to think someone’s person and behavioral characteristics are the markers of correspondence to the truth of their content. It’s that exact, same mechanism that breeds racism and identity politics in the Democratic party – which after all was the very platform of the party before the genesis of the Republican party. The interminable litany of error and conspiracy on mainstream outlets – such as CNN and elsewhere – will continue to buffet the support of fringe, and admittedly unorthodox and uncouth, broadcasters like Alex Jones.

    • staggerlee

      What a load of crap. Infowars is a hate site. You are a hateful, vile person if you defend it.

  2. Ed

    I may not agree with Alex Jones on quite a few points and I disagree with the manner in which he chooses to deliver his message, but his news content is more honest and real than Faux News or the Clinton News Network would ever put out. We would be infringing his right to free speech and a free press, if he were censored.

    If mainstream media can repeatedly lie about just about everything they cover in their syndicated “grass roots” facade when they use the same script nationwide, why can’t a small indie station like AJ’s counter their propaganda with painful reality? Let him speak.

  3. Mr Emerick

    Please ban Alex Jones because I don’t know anything about him except that I was told by others he is hateful and said things that weren’t true and is into UFOs or something like that. I smell and live in my parents’ basement and only do whatever Anderson Cooper and Cenk Uyger and Stephen Colbert tells me. I’m a robot who is on psychotropic drugs. I’m very open minded except for everything I’ve been told to disagree with, and all that should be banned and those people should be put in prison.

    • Unholy Shit

      Speaking of Cenk Uygur, you’re not going to believe this shit. I just watched a Young Turks video dated December 30, 2018 called “John Kelly Makes Shocking Admissions”. Near the end, right before the video ends, Cenk Uygur’s face shapeshifts in dramatic horrific fashion. I was honestly startled when I first watched. When I viewed the video again frame-by-frame, I was even more disturbed by it. This video is one of the most extreme facial shapeshifters that I’ve ever seen. Go check it out. It looks like Cenk should make his own shocking admission!

  4. PiratesWinLOL

    as usual the left wing hates free speech and democracy. disgusting!

  5. PJ London

    Everyone should just stick to the major news organisations. Full stop.
    News reporting algorithms are specifically omitting specific search terms that are NEVER allowed to be put into articles or include any mentions of: 1.) Events relating to 9/11; 2.) Any adverse information on genetically modified foods; 3.) Any positive mentions relating to guns or gun ownership; 4.) Any adverse linking of vaccinations to autism; 5.) Any positive mentions of Christianity; 6.) Any adverse information on abortions or gay marriage…and these are just a very few of those things allowed, or banned, from being reported.
    Susanne Posel The US Independent April 2015
    Peter Chamberlin
    “The trick for understanding this synthetic world we live in, is learning to think of every event that is reported by national news media as a deception, because it probably is.  Learning to look behind the publicized events which shape popular opinion, is the key to understanding our manufactured reality.  Any report which makes it into the “legitimate press” is either there to help dull our senses, or to mislead us, diverting us from real news stories which might awaken us from our slumber.”
    “Our job is to give people not what they want, but what we decide they ought to have.”- Richard Salent, Former President CBS News. 12,700,000 Google References
    “News is what someone wants to suppress. Everything else is advertising” – former NBC news President Rubin Frank
    “We are here to serve advertisers. That is our raison d’etre”  – CBS C.E.O. Michael Jordan 
    “We have no obligation to make history. We have no obligation to make art. We have no obligation to make a statement. To make money is our only objective” – Michael Eisner, CEO, The Walt Disney Co
    “We are going to impose our agenda on the coverage by dealing with issues and subjects that we choose to deal with.” – Richard M. Cohen, Senior Producer of CBS political news.
    “We live in a dirty and dangerous world. There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn’t. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets, and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows.” – Katherine Meyer Graham, Washington Post publisher

  6. Angelito

    More from the “tolerant” and “diverse” left.

    Liberals are the modern day fascists.

    • Peter Bogdanoff

      No, this is the (pop) music business, run by people who would throw their grandmother under the bus if it would make them money.

  7. Anonymous

    I never subscribed to Alex Jones but him being banned from Spotify will mean I will be terminating my subscription asap. I pay for a service to have the choice to listen to whomever I want to. If I wanted filtered news I would listen to local radio for free. Fu#$ you Spotify.