Apple removed Alex Jones’ Info Wars app from their app store on Friday. That move alone would be a major loss for anyone considering the amount of Apple users. But for Jones and his Info Wars program, the Apple ban is another set of cement shoes that are surely about to ensure that Jones and his brand get buried at the bottom of the ocean right alongside other unwanted trash.
Jones’ Info Wars built up a huge loyal viewership that garnered a large following on practically every social network and streaming site. As far as I can tell, Info Wars is mainly a wild conspiracy theory vehicle with Jones himself at the wheel. The rise of a person like Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States probably played very well into the Info Wars agenda. Jones took advantage of this and grew his brand. The crazier the conspiracy theory (and the host), the more attention Jones and Info Wars garnered. This was likely good news for Jones and the sites that hosted his shows and allowed Jones to interact with his fans.
The problem with conspiracy theories are that at some point, conspiracy theories can become a danger to the public. No example bigger than the “pizzagate” conspiracy. The story behind this was that Hilary Clinton was kidnapping kids and holding them hostage in the basement of a pizza shop. (I wish I could tell you that this was a joke, but it’s not) The danger with crazy conspiracy theories is that some people believe them wholeheartedly. Which was what happened here. After hearing Jones’ pizzagate rants, a disgruntled Jones listener decided it was his civic duty to take action. A man went to the pizza shop armed with weapons and demanded that the kids being held hostage by Hilary Clinton in the basement be freed. Fortunately, no one was hurt in that incident. The fanatic Info Wars listener was arrested without incident. Oh, by the way…..the pizza shop didn’t have any kidnapped kids inside…..or a basement at all.
In my personal opinion, that alone was enough of an incident to have social media and other platforms drop the hammer on Info Wars, but they didn’t. The conspiracy theories continued. Jones had temporary bans from sites here and there, but those bans were never enough to really slow down or hurt the Info Wars brand or Alex Jones’ pockets. Recently things changed though. Facebook hit Jones with a permanent band, that was shortly followed by Youtube and most recently Twitter. If you can’t promote your products on those sites, you’re pretty much over and done with. The Apple move is another nail in the Info Wars coffin.
The New York Times (@NYTimes) spoke to an Apple spokesperson who said Info Wars was removed under company policy that prohibits apps on its site from including content that is “offensive, insensitive, upsetting, intended to disgust, or in exceptionally poor taste.” The spokesperson declined to say if any specific content in the app led to Info Wars removal.
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As if the rich need help getting any richer………After close to five days of deliberation, a jury reached a verdict that Samsung was on the hook to Apple for $539 million in the patent infringement case the two companies have been battling out in court for years.
The Verge.com (@verge) reports, Jurors awarded Apple the verdict in federal court in San Jose, California today. The jury found that Samsung had infringed on the Apple design and utility patents covering aspects of the phone’s design. Ex: Rounded corners, the rim of the front face of the iphone, and the grid layout of the iOS home screen.
“We believe deeply in the value of design, and our teams work tirelessly to create innovative products that delight our customers. This case has always been about more than money.” Apple said in a statement to Bloomberg after the verdict.
The case has been going on since 2011, and started out with Apple suing Samsung for 2.5 billion. A verdict was entered against Samsung to the tune of $1 billion in 2012 before an appeals court ruled that Apple could not trademark the iphone’s appearance, in 2015. That decision by the appeals court dropped the amount Samsung owed Apple for stealing their design down to $548 million. Since then, the case has been in and out of appeals courts as Samsung attempted to get the tab further dropped.
A class action lawsuit filed in Illinois accuses Apple of violating the Illinois Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practice Art. This is one of many that the company is currently facing due to an update users claimed made their Iphones operate at a slower pace.
A few weeks ago, right around the time Apple’s newest Iphone was set to release, some Iphone users with older model phones, started to notice that their phone had suddenly seemed to be operating slow, or slower than it had been before an update. Some people wondered if they were just imagining things, while others went on the attack, saying that Apple was purposely slowing down the older model phones. I was of the opinion of the first group of people. I thought Iphone users were just trippin’ like they usually do. I’m an Android user, and will probably always be one, but I often see the conspiracy theories floating around about Apple products that were created by Apple product users. Like most people, I usually brush conspiracies off as people being people. That’s what I assumed this complaint was about. But, for some reason, Apple admitted that they had purposely slowed down the older phones. Apple claims that they only did slow downs on four models. (Iphone 6, 6s, 6e, and 7) Apple claims that those certain models were slowed with an update because of battery issues. Users weren’t buying the excuse. Some claim that Apple purposely slowed the phones down to make people have to go out and buy the newest model. As of the time I’m writing this, there are five separate lawsuits against Apple for the slow down issue. I’m not sure if this is connected in someway, but Apple stock has fallen today after this news was released. Apple stock currently sits at $170.35/share. Down about 2.67%