Roku Adds Then Quickly Removes Alex Jones Channel Following Outrage
(Bloomberg) -- Roku Inc. reversed course on its decision to add Alex Jones’ InfoWars to their streaming service after public outrage.
The California-based company initially defended adding the show on the grounds that it does not “censor based on viewpoint.”
Complaints about the channel’s addition first surfaced Monday on Twitter. By Tuesday, Roku decided to remove the channel after hearing from concerned parties.
Infowars was previously banned by companies such as Facebook Inc., YouTube, Apple Inc., Spotify Technology SA and Twitter Inc. for his controversial conspiracy theories. InfoWars lost a legal fight on Friday with families of victims killed during the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. A Connecticut judge granted the families’ discovery request that will allow them access to InfoWars financial documents. Jones has asserted that the shooting was a hoax.
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