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Alex Jones’ InfoWars Channel Hits Roku Months After YouTube Ban

The Wrap Tuesday, 15 January 2019
Alex Jones’ InfoWars Channel Hits Roku Months After YouTube BanAlex Jones’ InfoWars channel is now available on Roku, several months after the digital shock jock was dropped by virtually every major tech platform.

The InfoWars channel, shortly after going live on Roku on Monday, quickly grabbed the attention of Jones’ detractors, with many threatening to drop Roku altogether if it keeps the notorious conspiracy theorist on its service.

Why are you airing Alex Jones’ conspiracy theories? Most platforms have dropped him and he and his fans harass Sandy Hook parents

— JP (@James_Petitious) January 15, 2019

Hey @Roku @RokuPlayer Why don’t you google Alex Jones & Sandy Hook… go ahead, I’ll wait… see it? Is this what you want to promote on your service? This is not free speech, this is hate speech and propaganda, designed for self aggrandizement and division #Shame

— Spike Fx (@spikeselby) January 15, 2019

I'm glad I found out @Roku is giving Alex Jones a platform for his hate and lies BEFORE I bought a Roku-enabled 4K TV so I can look for a different brand. I'll also be throwing out the Roku box we have already. #ditchroku

— Neal Babcock (@NealBabcock) January 15, 2019

@Roku @RokuSupport I’ve been a user for many years and have owned several generations of Rokus, but I’m gonna switch to Amazon Fire now that you’ve given Alex Jones a platform to continue attacking the victims of mass gun violence.

— Nate Igor Smith (@drivenbyboredom) January 15, 2019

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Roku did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on if Jones’ channel was in danger of being removed.

Jones is known for pushing several wild and unsupported claims, including a warning last summer that Democrats were plotting to start a second Civil War on the Fourth of July. Perhaps most infamously, Jones called the Sandy Hook school shooting a “hoax” — a claim he is now being sued for by several of the victims’ families.

Jones’ appearance on Roku stands out, considering he was exiled by several Silicon Valley stalwarts last year. Facebook and Google-owned YouTube pulled his InfoWars pages down in August. Spotify removed his podcast at the same time. Twitter followed suit in September, banning Jones for violating its policy against “abusive behavior,” after he badgered CNN reporter Oliver Darcy. The InfoWars app was also kicked off Apple’s App Store that same month.

*Also Read:* Twitter Deletes 18 Accounts Tied to Alex Jones, InfoWars

In a statement to TheWrap in August, Jones accused China and George Soros of being behind the effort to silence him.

“China pulls the strings of big tech now. Choose a side. Soros is proud of you,” Jones said via text, which also included a Chinese flag emoji.

Despite Jones’ claims he’d thrive following his banishment, InfoWars was hit hard, with traffic plummeting to the site in the weeks after his removal.

*Also Read:* Sandy Hook Father Accuses Alex Jones of Destroying Evidence in New Motion

Jones’ erasure from every major tech platform was championed by many of his critics, who blasted him for spreading hateful rhetoric and misinformation. Others argued that censoring Jones, no matter how absurd his claims, set a bad precedent. “It’s a really big deal to censor content or kick someone off your platform,” Geoffrey King, professor of media studies at UC Berkeley, told TheWrap in August. “It’s a decision they have the power to make, but it’s not one they should be undertaking lightly, to say the least.”

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