Alex Jones and his website Infowars are infamous for their controversial opinions and conspiracy-oriented content. The app of the same name was removed from the Play Store by Google, as part of the company’s move to combat misinformation about the outbreak of COVID-19.
According to Wired, the Infowars website recently published a video on the new Coronavirus. The video claimed that measures of social distance and disinfection were ineffective in combating the disease and claimed that there are natural remedies to cure COVID-19.
Such absurd claims have led Google to identify and remove the Infowars app as a platform that does not follow the rules. Google and other technology companies have been striving to remove misinformation from social media and this is one of the consequences.
The app was essentially a link to the website, where users could keep themselves informed (or uninformed) about the contents. Regardless of controversial opinions or conspiracy theories, spreading misinformation about COVID-19 is just absurd.
Especially considering that in the United States they have already gone through a similar crisis. In the early 2000s, the country suffered an outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) also caused by a Coronavirus strain. Almost 20 years later, it seems that no one has learned the lesson, least of all Alex Jones.
Infowars Official has also been removed from the Apple App Store
In 2018, Apple also decided to remove the Infowars Official app from its app store. Apple decided not to take any chances and did not wait like Google. Given Alex Jones’ reputation, it was wise for Apple to nip it in the bud.
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