SPRINGFIELD, Mo.– It was last week when a Northwest Arkansas man tweeted about Alex Jones and Infowars being hosted by Spotify. A few days and lots of public pressure later, Spotify and other sites severed ties with the Jones.
Jones gained fame during the 2016 election when it was learned one of his fans is President Donald Trump.
Since then Jones and his theories have been the topic of much controversy.
That is until recently when multiple websites including Facebook and YouTube determined many of Jones’s episodes violate company hate speech policies.
That was a decision those companies came to after pressure from the public. That pressure reached it’s pinnacle after a Northwest Arkansas man tweeted that Jones’s shows were now available on Spotify.
That man, Jared Holt, is a 24-year-old working for Right Wing Watch, a D.C.-based group tasked with patrolling and fact-checking right-wing extremists.
Jared told KOLR10 earlier how that tweet of his led to the chain of cancellations against Alex Jones.
“On July 30th, I found an Infowars podcast on Spotify and tweeted about it,” Holt says. “And that added to outrage that had been building for the past couple of years. And for some reason, this was the trigger point. Spotify started pulling episodes. I believe YouTube pulled some more episodes. When the big shoe fell was when Apple decided it would not host podcasts from Infowars. Then Spotify felt more comfortable to come forward and say ‘We’re not going to host it.’ Then YouTube suspended their account. Facebook suspended their account.”
In this story, we have been intentionally vague about where Holt’s from. That’s because he says since being linked to these cancellations, he’s been receiving threats.
If you’d like to see how Holt argues Jones has violated hate speech policies on his show, follow this link to Right Wing Watch’s website.