The censorship of speech continues unabated from the Silicon Valley vicars that have decided that anyone who dares step out of line from the Liberal orthodoxy should have their technological tongues cut off like the genitals of a Sudanese girl. Roku seems to be the next Silicon Valley NPC to eject freedom from its vocabulary in an effort to appease the unending screeching and clawing at the door of capitalism from the harpies of Social Justice.
Months after YouTube, Facebook, iTunes, YouPorn, Disqus, Twitter, and nearly ever other major tech giant ousted InfoWars from their services like a leper from a hut and loin-cloth village, Roku picked up the controversial content creator for their media streaming service.
Shortly after they began hosting episodes of InfoWars on its service, complaints began to roll in from those who hate Western values, traditionalism, and freedom. The complaints came fast and swift, like the party van arriving at Christopher Goldberg’s house after they found out about his stash of kiddy porn.
On the breezy winter evening of January 15th, 2019, Roku tweeted out their announcement that InfoWars would be no more on their service.
After the InfoWars channel became available, we 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.
— Roku (@Roku) January 16, 2019
There’s a battle ground in the Twitter thread, where various users are actually admonishing Roku from going down a path of censorship and the ideological debauchery that defines the Left.
Thankfully, there appears to be more people with common sense than those with a penchant for re-enacting the worst parts of George Orwell’s 1984 in real life.
Have you looked at the whole channel lineup? Plenty of propoganda, starting with some major news networks.
— Jeff Clark (@Corbinclark87) January 16, 2019
Well, if that is the case then a great number of the channels, including Fox News, should be removed. Propaganda by crazy extremists does not equate government produced propaganda. Bit of a difference there.
— SassyMae (@sosofofomomo) January 16, 2019
Name the “concerned parties.”
You went from being a champion of free expression to just another corporate censor within a matter of like 6 hours.
— Gab.com (@getongab) January 16, 2019
Digital book burning.
I have no great love for Alex Jones but the crushing of dissenting opinion is a fascist trait. How anybody thinks otherwise is quite terrifying.
I wish I could say I was going to stop using Roku but it doesn’t get used anyway.
I just disconnected it, though.
— Sapere Aude (@SapAud) January 16, 2019
Censorship is never the answer. I will be replacing my Roku immediately
— Midwest Moctezuma (@MidwestMoctez) January 16, 2019
Of course, there were also plenty of people who were also in support of the censorship, proclaiming that it’s a free marketplace and the company has every right to discriminate against and ban someone for any reason.
Real Simple Concept: Capitalism.
A privately held company has the freedom to choose what they do – and do not – allow on their platform.
If a customer does not agree with Roku’s business model they don’t have to!
— Cheryl Candora (@cheryl27613) January 16, 2019
Freemarket indicates who will stay in a business’ platform. Looks like the freemarket booted Infowars to the curb. Hopefully he still has enough money to pay all the pending and active lawsuits.
— Ret34 (@ThoughtsbyGabe) January 16, 2019
So it’s cool if social media companies ban all gays then?
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) January 16, 2019
One of the most shocking tweets came from a very obvious Liberal, who actually did not agree with the banning of Infowars.
Preaching to the choir, man. I don’t like giving him or any hateful aholes an audience BUT freedom of speech doesn’t discriminate or take sides. When the kkk submit proper paperwork for rallies and such, it sucks bigtime but it’s their right. All i can say is just don’t look pic.twitter.com/r9COBs95BP
— Sandy 🌎✈️🚢🚞🌈 (@Beachesinaz) January 16, 2019
Quite naturally there are a bunch of news organizations salivating at the mouth over the news of Roku deplatforming Alex Jones and the InfoWars brand, like chained dogs in a den set in front of freshly butchered steak.
CNBC recounts how activists within the media pressured Roku to remove InfoWars from the platform after the company originally resisted the calls for censorship. But the Silicon Valley heavyweights were obviously shifting around more weight than what could be withstood by the intestinal fortitude of Roku, and the company caved in like one of Michael Jackson’s plastic noses.
Hilariously enough, Roku’s move contradicts their previous statement to Digiday just hours earlier, where they explicitly said that they do not censor based on a content creator’s views…
“Our 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. 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.
“We are not promoting or being paid to distribute InfoWars. We do not have any commercial or advertising relationship with InfoWars.
“While open to many voices, we have policies that prohibit the publication of content that is unlawful, incites illegal activities or violates third-party rights, among other things. If we determine a channel violates these policies, it will be removed. To our knowledge, InfoWars is not currently in violation of these content policies.”
It reminds me of Valve saying they weren’t the “taste police” and that they would allow the adult filters and user content curation do all the sorting for them, but then they reneged on that statement and began banning a whole bunch of anime and visual novel games.
It took Valve just a month to start banning games again, but it took Roku just one day to abandon their principles, letting you know that their word is about as integral as the authenticity of the mainstream media’s trustworthiness.