YouTube, Apple and Facebook have removed main outlets for conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars website, citing repeated violations of policies against hate speech and glorifying violence. Infowars responded by accusing the companies of censorship.
The streaming service Spotify also expanded a ban imposed last week on some of Jones’ content, saying Monday that “The Alex Jones Show has lost access to the Spotify platform.”
On Sunday, Apple and iTunes deleted five podcasts related to Infowars and Jones. The other bans then piled up in quick succession.
A decision to rollback an Obama-era ban on neonicotinoids, which was put in place to help protect bees and other pollinators after research linked their decline to pesticides, was announced in a memo by the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service. The change would now allow “the use of genetically modified crops and pesticides in certain national wildlife refuges where farming is allowed,” EcoWatch reported.
The memo, which was put out by Gregory J. Sheehan, principal deputy director of the Service dated August 2, cited the ban was lifted in order to provide necessary food for waterfowl on national wildlife refuges, which is associated with the likes of hunters of ducks and other birds.
After a series of rallies around the country the March for Our Lives organization came to the offices of one of their main targets – the National Rifle Association. Several hundred students, parents and supporters brought signs calling out the gun rights organization.
The March for Our Lives and pro-gun reform ralliers weren’t the only ones at the NRA buildings this past weekend, there were thirty or so gun-toting, flag waving federalist paper quoting people making their voices heard too. And boy they were making their voices heard. Using megaphones and just screaming at the top of their lungs the no-gun-reform side was immediately struggling with police who were trying lamely to keep to two groups separate.