Google Boots InfoWars App Off Play Store Over Bogus Coronavirus Claims

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Google has finally kicked the Infowars app his Play Store, the company confirmed multiple outlets Friday. The tech giant’s app store was one of the last major bastions for conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, as his show (and all extremist views and tainted supplements it praises) has started from almost everyone mainstream online platform.

As first reported by Wired, the removal of the Android app appears to be in response to the radio host’s recent fake Covid-19 video that “the need for social distance, shelter, and quarantine attempts to slow the spread of the new corona virus, disputed. . “These are all precautions that have been repeated by health authorities for months and have proven to be of paramount importance smoothing the curve of China.

“Fighting disinformation in the Play Store is more than ever a top priority for the team,” a Google spokesperson told Wired. “When we find apps that violate Play policies by spreading misleading or harmful information, we remove them from the store.”

Before it was uninstalled, the InfoWars app had over 100,000 downloads, Wired reported. It organized broadcasts of InfoWars programs such as The Alex Jones show users and direct them to the site’s store that, to a recent withdrawal letter, hawk-like, fake toothpaste under the false pretext that it “kills the entire SARS corona family in no time.”

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Jones contested Google’s decision in response to InfoWars’ video platform (YouTube banned all its content in 2018). In an exciting rant, he attributed the takedown to an anti-American, anti-Trump conspiracy among major tech players. The controversial video in question, he explained, was flagged for sharing supposed treatments for the new coronavirus outbreak – none of them are not yet supported or proven effective by the medical community in general.

“This is suppressing freedom of expression and the American people,” said Jones in one of many videos that responded to Google’s ban. Ironically, in the process of defending himself, Jones has doubly disagreed with his previous claims that social distance practices are ‘un-American’, which is probably one of the examples of harmful information that led to Google’s decision in the first place led.

Apple already decided in 2018 the InfoWars app from the iOS store at a time when platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram voiced similar removals against Jones, leaving many wondering why Google’s app store remained one of the show’s last surviving strongholds. Earlier this month, Google joined a coalition of major social media companies, including Facebook, Reddit, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube, in issuing a joint statement on combating misinformation about the pandemic. That seems to have been the last step Google needed to finally dismiss the infamous conspiracy theorist.

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