The Infowars app has been removed from the Apple Store for violating the store’s guidelines, Apple has confirmed. This is coming only a couple of days after Alex Jones was kicked out of Twitter—not the best of times for Jones to be honest.
All attempts to search for the app on the Apple Store did not yield any result as at last Friday. Attempt to get Apple’s official position on the removal of the app from its store was not successful as the company pointed Buzz Feed to the App Store Review Guidelines.
A second look at the first clause of the guidelines gives a clearer indication as to why the app was removed and may never return. The clause reads that “defamatory, discriminatory, or mean-spirited content, including references or commentary about religion, race, sexual orientation, gender, national/ethnic origin, or other targeted groups, particularly if the app is likely to humiliate, intimidate, or place a targeted individual or group in harm’s way.”
Prior to Apple’s latest action, Alex Jones’s personal accounts on YouTube, Facebook, Pinterest and recently Twitter have been banned.
Apple has been cracking down on loads of apps on its App Store these past weeks. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Facebook had pulled its Onavo Protect VPN app for iOS from the App Store. This followed previous complains made by Apple to the effect that the app violated its policies.
Onavo Protect VPN was acquired by Facebook five years ago. According to the developers, the app offered protection to users while browsing potentially harmful sites. It also warned them [users] about phishing scams, and prevent hackers from monitoring their web traffic.
While the Onavo app will continue to run on devices where it is already installed, new users will not be able to access or download it via the Apple App Store. Going forward, users who already have it installed on their phones will no longer be able to update the app.