Mailchimp has joined the Big Tech censorship purge by announcing that it will ban users who distribute “misleading” content, a totally arbitrary definition that will undoubtedly be open to partisan abuse.
The mass mailing service has updated its Terms of Service to state that it “does not allow the distribution of content that is, in our sole discretion, materially false, inaccurate, or misleading, in a way that could deceive or confuse others about important events, topics, or circumstances.”
In other words, if a single far-left Mailchimp employee decides they’re offended by your conservative content, they can ban you entirely and flush your carefully built database of followers down the toilet.
Both Press For Truth and SGT Report said their accounts had been deactivated after the TOS change.
“I feel like that’s my data,” said Dicks. “I was using it as a hedge against the coming censorship and they just pulled the plug on me there.”
“The mention of “important” events, etc., and the message around them being protected in this way is shorthand for political issues – but declaring Mailchimp’s right to ban content “in sole discretion” clearly spells out and cements the arbitrariness of it all,” reports Reclaim the Net.
Mailing lists are one of the few platforms that remained open to people banned from other social media networks as a way to stay in contact with their fanbase.
Now those appear to be on the chopping block too.