On Monday, Apple removed five of Infowars’ six podcasts from its apps, the first domino in a chain that also included YouTube, Facebook and Spotify, which all kicked conspiracy theorist Alex Jones off their platforms.
Apple cited its user guidelines as the reason that Jones was nixed. Some have applauded the move as one that denies a platform to hate speech and misinformation. But critics have cried censorship and have expressed concern over tech giants acting as arbiters of content — their capacity to do so fairly and the transparency with which they choose who gets a platform and who does not.
Should Alex Jones have been removed from these platforms? Will this create a slippery slope in which tech giants selectively censor content?
Larry Gross, professor of communication at USC