Vimeo Boots Alex Jones for ‘Discriminatory and Hateful Content’

Video service joins Facebook, Spotify, and Apple in dropping InfoWars chief

Last Updated: August 13, 2018 @ 8:00 AM

Vimeo is the latest tech company to boot Alex Jones from its platform, with the video hosting service dropping the controversial conspiracy theorist for “discriminatory and hateful content,” TheWrap confirmed on Monday.

InfoWars — Jones’ media outlet — had about a dozen videos pulled from the site. The move comes after Facebook, Apple, and Spotify moved in quick succession last week to drop his content.

“We can confirm that Vimeo removed InfoWars’ account on Sunday, August 12 following the uploading of videos on Thursday and Friday that violated our Terms of Service prohibitions on discriminatory and hateful content,” a Vimeo rep told TheWrap. “Vimeo has notified the account owner and issued a refund.”

Vimeo declined to tell TheWrap how the videos specifically violated its terms of service.

CEO Anjali Sud addressed the decision to jettison InfoWars and Jones during a company town hall meeting on Monday morning, according to Business Insider, the first outlet to report the story.

Jones has made a name for himself pushing several wild and unsupported claims, including a recent warning that Democrats were plotting to start a second Civil War on the Fourth of July. Perhaps most notoriously, Jones called the Sandy Hook school shooting a “hoax” — a statement that he is now being sued over by the families of eight victims.

While many of the biggest names in tech spoke out against Jones last week, Twitter said that Jones remains active on its platform because he hasn’t violated its terms of service. The exiling from Facebook, Apple, and Spotify seemed to backfire, at least temporarily, however, by sending the InfoWars app rocketing up the download charts for news apps in the process.