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.
In the wake of the case of who created the “burner Twitter accounts”, 76ers President Bryan Colangelo has resigned from his position, effective immediately. This, after a law firm hired by the 76ers said they connected the burner accounts used to make disparaging comments about 76ers players and staff, were connected to Colangelo’s wife Barbara. In recent interviews, Barbara Colangelo admitted to creating and operating the multiple Twitter accounts. This story is breaking. More on this story coming soon as more details of the situation are released.
Twitter suggest that everyone using the site take a moment to change their passwords after they discovered that a bug had exposed passwords in plain text. Twitter said there investigation showed no signs of an actual breach or misuse of information, but still suggested that anyone using the service consider changing up their password……and consider using a different password other than your Twitter password for anything else you may be using. Twitter hasn’t said how long the bug has been running or how many users may have been affected. The only question that remains is do you even remember your Twitter password?
According to Twitter, the bug occurred because of an issue in the “hashing” process that mask passwords by replacing them with a random string of characters that get stored on Twitter’s systems. The bug allowed passwords to be saved in plain text instead of being masked with the hashing process.
After news broke that Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson was going to sell the team after this season, Sean “Diddy” Combs took to Twitter to express his interest in purchasing the team. Some were excited to hear that Diddy might purchase the NFL team……while others, simply did what people always do. Attempted to take some subtle shots at the man for having a dream bigger than anything they could ever have the courage to dream of. Those attempted dream stealers were San Franciso news and weather station, KRON 4, out of the bay area’s on air personalities, Draya Folsom, and Henry Wooford. You can hear Wooford (the off camera voice) making comments that were just unnecessarily rude and very condescending. Folsom laughed like she’d heard the funniest joke she’d ever heard in her life as Wooford asked “what does Diddy even do?” and accused Diddy of being high off a blunt and a 40 ounce of malt liquor. A clear type of racial stereotyping. Woolford continued to go in as it seemed as if Folsom’s laughing energized him. Both caught Twitter backlash for their reckless behavior. The last I checked, Folsom had even deleted her Twitter account. Both have since released public apologies for slandering Diddy’s name. Here’s the thing I have an issue with 1) Wooford is a black man. For a black man to play up a racial stereo type that has been placed on black men, just to get some laughs from his white co-worker is something I personally find disgusting. 2) The two laughing and asking “what does Diddy even do, to me, suggest they were trying to get at Diddy speaking on things that he has no knowledge of, and Diddy not possibly being able to afford to buy a billion dollar sports franchise. If we look at things in a way that takes some common sense, we would know that Diddy is worth a few hundred million, but even more importantly, Diddy has the clout to get other millionaires on board with a thing that he wanted to do…….even if that thing was purchasing a football team. So, the question is not so much, can Diddy afford to purchase a billion dollar franchise by himself? The real question is can Diddy round up enough millionaires to go in on purchasing a sports franchise with him? The answer is yes! Yes he can. And if these two reporters knew anything about how buying a sports franchise really worked, they may have been aware of how stupid they looked as they tried to make jokes about something they clearly could not comprehend.
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