Vimeo announced that Alex Jones and the InfoWars content have been banned from the video sharing website. According to Business Insider, InfoWars had less than a dozen videos on Vimeo as of August 8th, 2018, but after being banned from YouTube, Facebook, and other major platforms, Alex Jones and the staff began mass-uploading content to Vimeo, and after their “trust & safety” division reviewed the content they deemed it “hateful”.
Deadline is reporting a Vimeo representative explained why they removed the content, saying…
“[Infowars] violated our Terms of Service prohibitions on discriminatory and hateful content,”
“Vimeo has notified the account owner and issued a refund, as we do not want to profit from content of this nature in any way,”
This follows close on the heels of YouPorn, Facebook, YouTube, Spotify, and Apple all banning InfoWars as well. They did so under the nebulous definition of “hate speech”. Disqus also banned Infowars from its platform as well.
This is all part of a trend that from platforms to de-platform certain kinds of rhetoric and viewpoints, mostly from the Right side of the political spectrum.
In fact, the popular YouTube outlet H3H3 Productions was even temporarily censored from discussing Alex Jones’ censorship, which helped change the mind of Ethan Klein on his views regarding whether or not there was a conspiracy to censor people like Alex Jones.
Twitter has yet to ban Alex Jones, but they have been consistently banning many Conservatives and Right-leaning pundits and groups.
This kind of widespread censorship has many calling for regulations, while others are simply claiming that these are private corporations exercising their right to remove users and elements they deem unacceptable.
The chilling effect is that now a lot of talking heads will refrain from discussing certain subject matter, while others are essentially put on notice that they could be next on the chopping block.
(Thanks for the news tip Divine Providence)