A quick search on Amazon’s video service brings up Jones’ 2009 film “The Obama Deception” and other titles, available either to rent from £3.50 ($4.60), or for free for anyone who pays £79 a year to access Amazon’s Prime subscription service.
Other than customer reviews beneath each video, there is no warning that the content contains conspiracy theories.
David Icke is a British former BBC sports presenter. He’s also a Holocaust denier and promotes the idea that the world has been taken over by a reptilian alien species.
As with Alex Jones’ videos, it’s easy to find content promoting Icke’s conspiracy theories on Amazon’s video service. It costs £4.99 to rent “The Reptilian Agenda,” which carries the blurb:
“Amazing confirmation that a reptilian extraterrestrial race has controlled the world for thousands of years. In this fantastic presentation, Zulu Shaman and Historian Credo Mutwa and David Icke reveal the story of the reptilian takeover of Planet Earth and how a shape-shifting Reptilian race (the Chitauri to Africans) has controlled humanity for thousands of years.”
The problem highlights how unwilling tech companies are to regulate content on their platforms, even when their users treat them as a replacement for television. Traditional TV broadcasters are subject to strict editorial standards in the UK.
While companies such as YouTube have argued they don’t want to police speech and user-generated content, Amazon will struggle to make the same case, given it charges people to watch videos either through rentals or through Prime.
Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.