Does the banning of Alex Jones signal a new era of big tech responsibility?

With the removal of the conspiracy theorist’s material from key platforms, firms have changed their tune on ‘free speech’ – but some see the move as more about money than morality

At this very moment, the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is almost certainly sitting in front of a camera, shouting that he has been silenced. If you are so inclined, you can easily watch and listen along, either by going to his website, downloading his iPhone and Android apps, or following him on Twitter.

What you can no longer do, as of Monday, is consume Jones’ toxic brew of lies, hate, and product placement (his own term for this is “InfoWars”) via Facebook, YouTube, or Spotify. After Apple decided to stop distributing Jones’ podcasts on Sunday, the other powerful online distribution platforms swiftly followed suit.

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