When Apple announced it was removing most of Alex Jones’ podcasts from its online stores Sunday, it had the unintended effect of catapulting the official Infowars app to the third-most downloaded news app of the week. Why did Apple keep the app available after it had removed so much other Infowars content? The company now says it didn’t believe the app had violated any content policies. “We strongly support all points of view being represented on the App Store, as long as the apps are respectful to users with differing opinions, and follow our clear guidelines, ensuring the App Store is a safe marketplace for all,” Apple told Reuters in a statement. “We continue to monitor apps for violations of our guidelines, and if we find content that violates our guidelines and is harmful to users we will remove those apps from the store as we have done previously.” The Infowars app contains only rebroadcasts of the current day’s episodes, subjecting a much smaller set of content to the rules than other Infowars or Jones apps—allowing it to stay, for now.
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