Apple has now permanently banned the app called “InfoWars” from its popular app store. This happened just weeks after the giant tech company announced that it was monitoring the right-wing conspiracy newscast app because of possible content policy violations.
InfoWars confirmed the it was permanently removed from the digital store on Friday. The company declined issuing a statement and referred reporters to the company’s content guidelines.
Apple previously announced last month that the app was under official review following the removal of InfoWars’ podcasts from the iTunes store.
“Podcasts that violate these guidelines are removed from our directory making them no longer searchable or available for download or streaming,” an Apple spokesperson said at the time. “We believe in representing a wide range of views, so long as people are respectful to those with differing opinions.”
This news about Apple’s stand comes one day after Twitter announced that it was permanently banning the conspiracy site and its founder, Alex Jones, from the platform.
Apple’s app store was a huge source of traffic for InfoWars. It was reported that the app generated 600,000 hours of traffic for the site since it was re-launched in July.
Alex Jones, of InfoWars, was on Capitol Hill this week. He was spotted attending the hearings in the House and Senate that featured tech CEOs testifying on Russian interference and alleged targeting of conservatives on their platforms.
After the hearings, Jones could be seen asking questions of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on camera as Dorsey was led away to a vehicle. A day later, Jones and InfoWars were both permanently banned from Twitter.
Twitter cited video of Jones confronting CNN journalist Oliver Darcy as reason for Jones’s removal. In the video, Jones could be seen calling Darcy a “rat” and challenging him in the halls of Congress.
“Today, we permanently suspended @realalexjones and @infowars from Twitter and Periscope,” Twitter’s safety team wrote in a tweet Thursday.
“We took this action based on new reports of Tweets and videos posted yesterday that violate our abusive behavior policy, in addition to the accounts’ past violations,” Twitter added.
Tech companies have faced ongoing and increased pressure to crack down on Jones over his past assertion of conspiracy theories centered around the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and the Parkland, Fla., school shooting earlier this year.
Companies like Facebook, YouTube and Spotify have already removed Jones from their media platforms.