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Roku defends InfoWars for free speech hours before banning it from platform
Roku, one of the largest streaming entertainment players with 24 million registered users and revenue of $293 million last year, informed ...
 
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
by Clinton Gillespie
 

Roku, one of the largest streaming entertainment players with 24 million registered users with a projected revenue of $293 million last year, informed users that it removed InfoWars from its platform. In a tweet, the company said it heard from "concerned parties and have determined that the channel should be removed from our platform. Deletion from the channel store and platform has begun and will be completed shortly."

Over the past few days, rumors circulated that InfoWars was recently added to the Roku service. Oliver Darcy, who writes for CNN, wrote on Twitter that the service was available since 2012. With over 50,000 applications available to stream, few customers noticed it until InfoWars updated their application that pushed notifications to users that their channel is available on the streaming service.

Leftist-leaning websites such as TechCruch and Digiday followed-up the rumors with Roku who gave a statement that they allow all types of content and do not censor partners. After their response, protests against Roku grew on social media

In a statement to defend InfoWars' inclusion among thousands of applications, their spokesman wrote their streaming platform "allows our customers to choose from thousands of entertainment, news and special interest channels, representing a wide range of topics and viewpoints."

"Customers choose and control which channels they download or watch, and parents can set a pin to prevent channels from being downloaded,” the statement continued. “While the vast majority of all streaming on our platform is mainstream entertainment, voices on all sides of an issue or cause are free to operate a channel.  We do not curate or censor based on viewpoint."

Hours later, Roku pulled InfoWars from their platform.

In a tweet, Mark Dice, a YouTuber and guest on InfoWars, responded "Thanks for letting us know Roku sides with book burners."

Alex Jones, the founder of InfoWars, and his numerous channels including PrisonPlanet, the The Alex Jones Show and InfoWars among others, have recently been removed from social media platforms, now known as deplatforming, as left-wing activists have aggressively appealed to Silicon Valley companies to remove points-of-view they disagree from the internet after the surprise win of President Donald Trump in 2016.

Apple, Facebook, Spotify, YouTube, Twitter, Periscope, Stitcher, Pinterest, LinkedIn and have removed Infowars from their platforms within the past two years.

[Editor: Spero News also faces deplatforming with our YouTube channel entirely demonetized by Google.]



Clinton Gillespie is editor


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