We already know that streaming services offer tons of documentary-style videos with various claims about aliens or paranormal subjects.
Amazon Prime Video is currently being slammed for offering something much worse.
The Telegraph noted that the service includes various conspiracy videos from all kinds of discredited sources such as Alex Jones and David Icke.
Amazon is not promoting the theories which include reptilian aliens. Gizmodo noticed that there’s also the potential for Amazon to inadvertently promote the clips via its recommendation system which might reel in susceptible viewers.
”There are another half-dozen or so films available through Amazon Prime Video from Icke. The majority of those pseudo-documentaries deal with aliens and UFOs, though a couple goes deep on the conspiracy theory that a shape-shifting race of reptilian people has controlled humanity for thousands of years,” wrote Gizmodo.
It’s not an issue of legitimacy because it’s legal to offer such videos in lots of countries.
But on the other hand, these findings raise concerns about what today’s paid streaming services are hosting.
Services will always be faced with criticism
Some users may object to the idea of Amazon or others deciding what they host based on the accuracy of the subject matter. But they also have to think about the public perception.
It’s strange to offer award-winning shows together with conspiracy theories that could trigger delusions or violence.
Either way, services will be faced with criticism because this is not as simple as puling the plug or letting the content sit there as it is.
“Companies like Amazon, Netflix, Google, and Hulu will have to make a call eventually: Do they want to play host to videos from the fringe that are available without any fact check or perspective, or is it worth removing the content at the risk of pissing off the conspiracy-minded and free speech absolutists?” aks Gizmodo’s article in the end.