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Alex Jones. Photo: Brooks Kraft/ Getty Images

After pressure from users and a petition of more than 1,600 signatures, Spotify has taken down certain episodes of Alex Jones' podcast for violating its hate content policy, per Recode.

Why it matters: Facebook was hesitant to label Alex Jones as hate content because they take into account the broadest possibility of good intent by all users and pages, in an effort to protect users’ free speech rights. But, Spotify's audience isn’t nearly as big or as global as Facebook’s, so they may not feel they need to be as cautious at this point around making decisions that can massively scale.

The details: Users took to Twitter threatening they would unsubscribe from Spotify if the podcast was still on the platform.

  • Spotify has faced backlash in the past from users who think their policies have been too vague and thus they censor voices unreasonably — R. Kelly was taken off and then reinstated for allegations of sexual misconduct.

Spotify's policy states that it "does not permit content whose principal purpose is to incite hatred or violence against people because of their race, religion, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation."

  • YouTube also suspended Jones from broadcasting live, and took down some of his videos.

The bottom line: Hate content is a different kind of label than misinformation because it can lead to violence. Facebook’s policy is also to remove hate content, but they tend to have a more narrow definition of what that is.

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The big picture: Soup kitchens and charities, usually brimming with holiday volunteers, are getting far less help.

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AstraZeneca CEO Pascal Soriot said on Thursday the company is likely to start a new global trial to measure how effective its coronavirus vaccine is, Bloomberg reports.

Why it matters: Following Phase 3 trials, Oxford and AstraZeneca said their vaccine was 90% effective in people who got a half dose followed by a full dose, and 62% effective in people who got two full doses.

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