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30. Silicon Valley hits the mute button on Alex Jones

August 2018 was a bad month for Alex Jones, who has infamously claimed that 9/11 was an inside job and the school shooting at Sandy Hook was a hoax. Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, LinkedIn and Twitter banned the right-wing conspiracy theorist, and his site InfoWars, while Apple pulled most of his podcasts from iTunes.

Facebook said they acted because Jones had glorified violence and used dehumanizing language toward minority groups. YouTube cited a violation of its rules against hate speech and harassment.

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By Fox Van Allen

Fox Van Allen is a Los Angeles-based writer for CBS Interactive covering technology, tech lifestyle and gaming topics for GameSpot, CNET, ZDNet and TechRepublic. He has previously worked as a news and feature writer for a number of other sites, inclu...