Vimeo Removes Infowars Content as CNN Continues Blacklist Crusade

Vimeo scrubs Alex Jones from streaming service

Vimeo scrubs Alex Jones from streaming service

Twitter chief executive officer Jack Dorsey has said that the reason Jones has not been banned is because he hasn't violated terms of service despite many pundits claiming he has.

InfoWars pushed back against the ban, saying Vimeo had joined "the anti free speech gulag". He did, however, contend that the tweets were not violations of Twitter rules.

A Twitter spokesperson said the company investigated a report by CNN that InfoWars and Jones tweets violated its terms of service, and found seven tweets that were not within regulations.

You just never know what the next turn in this saga may be, but for now we do know that Twitter is not completely comfortable with getting rid of Alex Jones and his material just yet. They included whether the mass-reporting of Infowars posts constituted coordinated "brigading", a tactic common in online harassment campaigns.

It claims to have removed tens of thousands of accounts - many of them affiliated with neo-nazi groups - since it pledged to make Twitter a "safer environment" in November 2017.

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Dorsey went on to assert that Twitter operated according to a culture of principle, not pressure: "If we succumb and simply react to outside pressure, rather than straightforward principles we enforce (and evolve) impartially regardless of political viewpoints we become a service that's constructed by our personal views that can swing in any direction", he explained. However, Jones has also retained his platform on Twitter.

Twitter users criticised the microblogging site this week for its failure to take a harder stance on Jones and InfoWars. Thus, the social media site has taken to perhaps keeping on more controversial material than what other websites are willing to.

That content was manually reviewed by Vimeo's Trust & Safety team, and a violation was determined within 48 hours of the videos being added before being removed.

Spotify, a music and podcast streaming company, followed suit last week when it removed some specific episodes of Jones's programmes.

Vimeo's spokesperson added that "we do not want to profit from content of this nature in any way".

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