- The Facts:MailChimp has begun removing customers who share information questioning vaccines to their email lists. An investigation revealed the CDC Foundation appears to be directing the move.
- Reflect On:A campaign to stop vaccine misinformation? Who is deciding what is misinformation and truth? Why are big companies trying to silence people without answering their questions?
(The HighWire) On June 7 MailChimp announced it had already shut down a number of accounts for “anti-vaccination content.” MailChimp also announced it was adding the ‘anti-vaccination’ category to its routine searches for prohibited content. Nowhere on Mailchimp’s website did it elaborate on what constituted ‘anti-vaccination’ content.
Reporting on the move, CNBC writes “The company began quietly enforcing this decision last week” yet no discussion or reasoning was given as to why the enforcement needed to be done quietly.
Facebook reports revealed that Mailchimp’s account cancellations began before they released their public statement. The pre-emptive “quiet” move resulted in customers locked out of accounts and unable to retrieve their data without warning or a clear remedy. MailChimp did not return a request asking what prompted them to start their censorship and what constituted ‘anti-vaccination’ content on their platform.