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February 10, 2019

Action Alert: Tell Advertisers to Drop Roku for Porn Industry Partnership

Roku is a streaming service used by families around the nation to access their favorite TV shows and movies. Unfortunately, Roku is also effectively partnering with the pornography industry.

The Bad News:

Roku is facilitating access to pornography that supports rape myths, normalizes adult-with-teen-themed and incest-themed exploitation, and reinforces degrading racially charged sexual stereotypes, and more. Roku does not expressly allow pornographic channels in their public channel store, however, because they allow developers to set up “private” or “hidden” channels Roku has become a major mainstream destination for streaming sexually exploitive content.

The porn industry is well aware of this loop-hole and heavily advertises their Roku channels as a way to access pornography.

For example, Roku facilitates this pornography channel (on the right) which is focused on voyeuristic incest-themed pornography:

Roku’s policies stand in sharp contrast to the policies of other streaming device industry leaders such as Apple TV or Amazon’s Fire TV, which have rightly kept hardcore pornography off of their systems.

The Good News:

In 2018, according to news reports, “for the first time in its history, Roku made more revenue from advertising and licensing than device sales.”

Roku is making money off of family-friendly companies like Disney, PBS, Hallmark, and more! But these companies are unaware of the fact that Roku allows pornographers to use its systems

Take Action! Help tell @DisneyNow, @subaru_usa, @PBSKIDS, and @hallmarkchannel to stop advertising with Roku so long as it allows the porn industry to use hidden channels on its platform! Click To Tweet.

Take Action: let companies advertising with Roku know that you want them to halt their relationship with Roku until it removes “hidden” pornography channels!

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