Boycott MailChimp: All customers can be cut off at a moment’s notice, without warning

Tuesday, August 14, 2018
By Paul Martin

by: Isabelle Z
Monday, August 13, 2018

If you use MailChimp to automate your email marketing, you might be interested to learn that you could be cut off without warning if your opinions differ from theirs.

That’s what happened to Alex Jones of InfoWars, who found the mail messaging platform terminating his accounts on the grounds of “hateful conduct.” Last Monday, Jones displayed a document that he received from the company in a live stream broadcast saying that they had removed his account for violating their terms of use; Media Matters for America confirmed the action a day later.

MailChimp said that it does not normally comment on specific account closures, but they felt the need to speak up in this case. They wrote in his statement: “We don’t allow people to use our platform to disseminate hateful content. We take our responsibility to our customers and employees seriously. The decision to terminate this account was thoughtfully considered and is in line with our company’s values.”

They didn’t define their “company’s values,” but this is probably code for political views and can mean whatever they see fit when they want to silence someone. Meanwhile, the definition of “hateful content” listed in their terms of service is somewhat vague and is left to their “sole judgment,” which means it’s essentially whatever they want it to be – making the rules up as they go along, in other words.

Tech companies appear to be united in wanting to silence conservatives

MailChimp joins a slew of tech companies that have been targeting the controversial right-wing host in recent weeks – some of them on the same day in what some believe was a united effort. Google, Apple, Facebook, Pinterest, Disqus, Flickr and Spotify have all banned or closed his channels in recent weeks. You can find a growing list of companies that have “declared war on free speech” by banning Jones and the InfoWars website.

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