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Amazon Targeted in Calls to Drop NRA TV App

Amazon Targeted in Calls to Drop NRA TV App
Les Cunliffe | Dreamstime.com

Thursday, 22 February 2018 04:00 PM

Amazon is in the cross-hairs of a campaign to drop the National Rifle Association's NRA TV streaming service from its devices, in the wake of the deadly mass shooting last week at a Florida high school.

On Thursday, the hashtag "#StopNRAmazon" was trending on Twitter. Those urging Amazon to give NRA TV the boot included several Hollywood figures, including Warren Leight, executive producer of "Law & Order: SVU," and actors Jon Cryer, Ally Walker, Evan Handler, John Fugelsang and Piper Perabo.

The NRA TV service, however, is also available on Apple TV, Roku and Google's Chromecast. Why Amazon -- and CEO Jeff Bezos -- are being singled out isn't completely clear. Amazon is a massive corporation, but so is Apple.

Reps for Amazon, Apple and Google did not respond to requests for comment.

A Roku spokeswoman, asked for comment, said, "We are an open platform for streaming and allow publishers to reach a TV audience." Roku plans to continue to offer NRA TV, and the company has not received any requests from customers to drop the channel, she added.

The NRA describes the free streaming service, which offers a lineup of 22 original series, like this: "The new NRA TV is your source for the world's most comprehensive video coverage of Second Amendment issues, events and culture. This channel brings together the powerful programs and personalities of NRA Life of Duty, NRA Freestyle, NRA Women and more into a single platform. Whether you're a new shooter or a lifelong advocate, there's no better place to stay apprised of the truth about firearms and the Second Amendment."

The uproar seems to have been sparked by a piece about NRA TV by the New York Times on Wednesday, although that story noted that it's available on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Roku.

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