Roku Not Kicking OANN Off Platform Despite Controversy

Roku says it will not remove conservative TV platform One America News Network (OANN) from its platform despite allegations that the San Diego-based pro-Trump network is peddling dangerous unproven conspiratorial allegations.

“We operate a platform with a wide selection of entertainment and content with diverse points of view. While we do not block or censor content based on viewpoint, we reserve the right to remove a channel that has the potential to cause harm to our platform,” Roku said in a media statement. “We are not removing the channel at this time.”

Roku previously removed third-party content (Alex Jones’ InfoWars, among others) from its platform, citing violation of the company’s content standards. The streaming media pioneer has 40 million subscribers on its platform, which includes ad-supported The Roku Channel.

Specifically, criticism revolves around an OANN story Trump cited on Twitter that claimed 75-year-old protester Martin Gugino shown last week on social media being shoved by Buffalo police at a Black Lives Matter rally is an Antifa agitator. Gugino fell backwards, hitting his head and knocked unconscious with blood seeping out of his ear.

The OANN story claims Gugino approached police looking to engage law enforcement for political gain. Trump has declared Antifa — which often engages in militant opposition to political doctrines it disagrees with — a domestic terrorist organization. Gugino, who remains hospitalized, has no known ties to Antifa or any violent group.

Regardless, Trump June 9 on Twitter alleged Gugino was pushed away after appearing to scan police communications in order to black out their equipment.

“@OANN I watched, he fell harder than was pushed. Was aiming scanner. Could be a set up?,” Trump tweeted.

The president’s post drew immediate pushback from media observers and politicians across the aisle. “It’s a serious accusation, which should only be made with facts and evidence, and I haven’t seen any yet,” John Thune (R-SD), the second-leading Republican (after Mitch McConnell) in the U.S. Senate, told reporters.

2 thoughts on “Roku Not Kicking OANN Off Platform Despite Controversy”

  1. DO NOT PULL OFF OANN……
    DO NOT PULL OFF OANN…..
    never never pull this news off…
    *****
    what needs to happen is and I ask to
    Please Please Please
    have the Republicans RNC start filings of impeachment against ……
    Jackass Dementia Biden …

    impeachment against Bitch Kamal harris
    impeachment against Bitch Nancy Pelosi
    impeachment against evil Chuck Schumer ….

    because they were the evil Dems who really prompted and started the stormed the capital…. with their evil words to fight……

    they should be charged and held accountable and have this on their records so it will show they had an impeachment filled against them….

    these people are not suitable to be in office….
    no one wants to hear anything Biden or Harris has to say…. they are just big liers…

    Please Please put in place the impeachment and help the people who voted for Trump….

    thank you I’m a USA CITIZEN
    and want to make America great again….

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