Google has confirmed that it finally removed the Infowars app from the Play Store.
Reasons For The Removal
The app was removed from the Play Store as a consequence of Alex Jones’ recent bogus video about Coronavirus that “disputed the need for social distancing, shelter in place, and quarantine efforts meant to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.”
Official health authorities have spread all of the previously mentioned precautions over the past weeks. They have been proven effective by analyzing the evolution of the Coronavirus problem in China, which saw a flattening in the casualties curve.
Google’s Point Of View
A Google spokesman said that now is the most critical moment to stop the spread of misinformation for the team.
“When we find apps that violate Play policy by distributing misleading or harmful information, we remove them from the store,” he added.
The app recorded over 100,000 downloads before its removal, according to a report from Wired. It streamed InfoWars programs like The Alex Jones Show. It then pointed users to the market of the site, which, up until recently, promoted phony toothpaste for being effective against “the whole SARS-corona family at point-blank range.”
Jones was quick to dispute Google’s choice of taking down InfoWars. YouTube has banned all of Jones’ content in 2018.
“This is next level suppression of free speech and the American people,” he commented.
The funny part is that, during the process of supporting his idea, he managed to double-down on his anterior statement that social distancing practices are “un-American.”
The fact that he promotes such ideologies easily motivates Google’s choice.
Apple was cautious when it decided to ban InfoWars from the AppStore. Back then, most social media platforms were fighting against Jones’ unhealthy ideologies.