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Email Marketing Firm Warns It May Censor Content

In what might be the latest example of censorship by a large tech company, the email marketing company Mailchimp adopted a new policy this week to remove certain content.

Mailchimp determined it will use its “sole discretion” to determine whether messages are misleading and can be removed.

In a customer message obtained by The Daily Signal, Mailchimp stated it made the policy change effective Oct. 28. The message said the policy seeks to clarify “what kinds of Content are prohibited for distribution using the Mailchimp platform.”

“Mailchimp 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,” the message goes on to state.

The company said it will enforce new rules by “issuing a warning to, or suspending or terminating an account.”

Mailchimp’s public relations did not immediately respond to an inquiry from The Daily Signal.

Founded in 2001, Mailchimp states that it has millions of customers around the world and aims at allowing entrepreneurs to reach customers through email marketing. The company is headquartered in Atlanta and has offices in New York, Oakland, and Vancouver. The company remains owned by its founders Ben Chestnut and Dan Kurzius.

 

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Republished with permission from The Daily Signal.

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