Vimeo removes some QAnon conspiracy theory videos after YouTube crackdown
- Video-sharing platform Vimeo said it does not allow
QAnoncontent and has removed a popular video recruitment video for the conspiracy theory that was identified in a Media Matters for America report.
- A Vimeo spokesperson said QAnon content violates the platform's rules against "conspiracy theory-related content where the underlying conspiracy theory spreads, among other things, hate speech, large scale defamation, false or misleading vaccination or health-safety content."
- More than a dozen
techcompanies have fully banned or taken some action on QAnon.
As more than a dozen tech companies, including Facebook and YouTube, announce efforts to slow the spread of the QAnon conspiracy theory, the baseless far-right theory continues to appear in various online spaces that claim to prohibit it.
Vimeo, the video-sharing platform, said it does not allow QAnon content. But the progressive nonprofit Media Matters for America (MMFA), which tracks extremism and conservative media, reported on Friday that Vimeo was one of the
MMFA found that on Friday, a video series called "Fall of the Cabal," a popular recruitment tool for QAnon that spreads
Vimeo's user guidelines, last updated publically on October 9, reference QAnon as an example of such prohibited conspiracy-theory content. But searches for "QAnon" and "WWG1WGA," shorthand for the movement's slogan, "Where we go one, we go all," yield several videos that include misinformation and propagate the unfounded conspiracy theory, though most of the videos have minimal reach.The MMFA report also identified four QAnon-related podcasts on Spotify, which the platform took down when Insider reached out for comment. It was not immediately clear when Vimeo began to include QAnon as part of its prohibited content, but other platforms have been racing to announce bans on the movement.
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