A gift from Apple: 600,000 hours of Alex Jones

From Apple Has Permanently Banned Alex Jones’ Infowars App From The App Store, posted Friday by BuzzFeed’s John Paczkowski:

The App Store has been a valuable platform for Infowars. The site relaunched its app on July 9, and, according to the analytics company Apptopia, it was downloaded about 93,000 times in its first month. Though it cautioned that the app is still too new to the App Store to provide definitive daily average user analytics, Apptopia told BuzzFeed News that Infowars has logged more than 600,000 hours spent in-app as of August. After Jones’ ban from Facebook, YouTube, and Apple’s podcast platform, the app surged to the third spot in Apple’s App Store…

While Apple removed Jones and Infowars from its podcast platform in early August, the company took no action against the Infowars app; nor did it explain why it was allowed to remain. It’s worth noting, however, that the Infowars app does not store content, which presumably made violations of Apple’s guidelines more difficult to police.

My take: In August, it was Apple’s lead that prompted Facebook, Spotify and YouTube to kick Jones off their platforms. Odd to have Apple bringing up the rear—after even that laggard, Twitter—in September.

See also: Apple puts its foot down and steps in the white-hot center of Trumpist conspiracy mongering.


  1. David Emery said:
    Speaking of ‘gifts’: Happy Birthday, Philip!

    September 8, 2018
  2. Gianfranco Pedron said:
    Well, whaddayaknow … Happy Birthday Philip. Oh, go ahead and eat your cake. Don’t worry about the naysayers who tell us you can’t eat your cake and … whatever. There’s plenty more where that one came from.

    While we’re on the subject of FUD factories and Apple’s efforts to address them, something struck me (metaphorically speaking, of course) as unusual while reading the Macalope’s column this morning. I noticed that over the course of the last couple of weeks the Macalope has increasingly relied on Gordon Kelley and Ewan Spence to provide fodder for his columns. Has Forbes now become one of the few remaining providers of organically fertilized grazing ground for the mythical beast?

    What happened to the vast expanses of free range web seeded with anti-Apple sentiment that has fed the Macalope for years? Have they been bulldozed and turned into parking lots … or solar parks? Has Warren Buffet quietly been buying up the pastures?

    There’s hope yet for the Macalope, though. September 12 is on the horizon and I can hear, in the distance, the rumbling of the bovine fertilizer slinging machines, sponsored by interested parties, being made ready for the annual after-event bash. Always a treat.

    September 8, 2018

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