Christians be warned. Vimeo will censor you if it doesn’t like what you have to say. The video sharing company is closing in on a net worth of $1 billion and has 90 million members or more. But its “heavy-handed censorship” is growing too.
In 2020, Vimeo branded the American Family Association a “terror or hate group” and shut its account down. AFA’s Executive Vice President Ed Vitagliano noted that the Bible teaches that sex outside of marriage and homosexuality are sinful and Vimeo characterizes this as “hate.”
“Vimeo’s religious bigotry is appalling, and we reject the company’s heavy-handed censorship,” said Vitagliano. AFA attributed its character assassination to the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which lumped advocates of traditional marriage in with skin heads and white supremacists as terror or hate groups. The group remains on the SPLC hate map as of 2020.
Vimeo censors have often targeted Christian content including biblical teaching on sex and testimonies of people who left homosexuality.
It ordered Pure Passion Ministries (PPM) to take down testimonies from former homosexuals. When PPM founder David Kyle Foster asked why these were a violation, he was told: “To put it plainly, we don’t believe that homosexuality requires a cure and we don’t allow videos on our platform that espouse this point of view. Please remove any and all videos that discuss homosexuality as a condition requiring healing.” Later, Vimeo closed down PPM’s account and yanked the entire video catalog.
- Conservative reporters with Project Veritas were banned for exposing tech censorship.
- Vimeo banned Fairview Baptist Church of Edmond, Oklahoma for streaming a Christian conference discussing Biblical teaching on homosexuality. Not only was the livestream of an event shut down, but the channel with plenty of unrelated content was censored.
- Vimeo pulled down three videos from Dr. Michael Brown, a conservative, syndicated radio host. Brown was told “Vimeo moderators will generally remove videos that: Make derogatory or inflammatory statements about individuals or groups of people; Are intended to harm someone’s reputation; Have an overall mean-spirited vibe.”
- In March 2017, Vimeo pulled down all 850 videos from Pure Passion Ministries claiming they “demeaned” homosexuals even though it only cited objections to four videos. World reported that founder David Kyle Foster disputed Vimeo’s charge and suggested it did not like his ministry’s message that Jesus saves and heals all sexual brokenness.
- Undercover videos exposing the barbarism of Planned Parenthood were deemed “malicious,” and Vimeo made every effort to remove them.
- Vimeo temporarily removed a video about fracking from conservative documentary filmmaker Phelim McAleer.