Roku drops Infowars after users threatened to cancel their subscriptions

Roku drops Infowars after users threatened to cancel their subscriptions
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Roku said late Tuesday that it deleted its channel for Infowars just hours after the streaming platform said the show, which is hosted by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, didn’t violate its content policies.

“After the InfoWars channel became available, we heard from concerned parties and have determined that the channel should be removed from our platform,” Roku said in a tweet.

“Deletion from the channel store and platform has begun and will be completed shortly,” it continued. 

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The announcement came shortly after Roku was criticized for hosting a channel for the conspiracy theory show, which had been banned from platforms like Facebook and YouTube for violating hate speech policies. 

Roku initially defended its decision in a statement to The Hill on Tuesday, saying that it “allows our customers to choose from thousands of entertainment, news and special interest channels, representing a wide range of topics and viewpoints.”

It also said that it has policies against content that is “unlawful, incites illegal activities or violates third-party right,” and Infowars has not violated any of those policies. 

The company, which has more than 27 million active users, later issued a reversal shortly after droves of customers began threatening to stop using Roku, however.

Jones is facing multiple lawsuits from families of Sandy Hook victims over remarks he made questioning whether the children were “crisis actors” and the massacre was a hoax.