Major Streaming Networks Allowing QAnon Channels On Their Platforms

At least three major streaming devices are hosting multiple channels dedicated to the dangerous QAnon conspiracy theory, despite its supporters’ ties to violence — and seemingly in violation of the platforms’ terms of service. Most of these QAnon channels appear to be using the same video hosting service, Secure Server TV, which facilitates the channels’ distribution across streaming platforms and describes itself as “an OTT (over the top media service) platform designed to distribute your content on multiple platforms all while securing your content with military-grade encryption.”

In recent months, Twitter, Facebook, TikTok, and YouTube have all cracked down on the QAnon conspiracy theory, which is premised on claims that Donald Trump is leading the fight against a cabal of pedophiles and the so-called “deep state.” The conspiracy theory has been connected to multiple killings and multiple kidnappings and has been embraced by some militia groups. In 2019, the FBI warned that the theory’s supporters presented a potential domestic terrorism threat. Additionally, QAnon supporters regularly circulate harmful falsehoods, ranging from unfounded wildfire conspiracy theories to election misinformation and coronavirus misinformation, along with anti-Semitism.

At least 10 QAnon channels — nearly all of which used to be on YouTube before the platform’s crackdown — still have a home on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV, in direct opposition to each of the companies’ standards.

Secure Server TV’s content standards prohibit “abusive, offensive, harassing, violent, hateful” content, as well as content promoting “illegal activity” or deception. The company also prohibits content that can “cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety or be likely to upset, embarrass, alarm, or annoy any other person.” Secure Server TV claims any violation of its terms of use can result in account termination. The other services have similar guidelines.

And yet, the QAnon programming continues, with such shows as “Patriots’ Soapbox”, which claims to be a “round-the-clock live-streamed channel for Qanon study and discussion; “And We Know”, which was banned from Patreon and YouTube; “X22 Report” and “RedPill78”, two major QAnon channels that were banned from YouTube and Spotify in October; and “Truth and Art TV”, which was also banned in October from its hosting sites.

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