This should be of interest the non-mouth-breathing patrons of this site... Starting earlier this week the "non-existent" deep state had its corporate gatekeepers "de-platform" InfoWars, a very popular independent news and commentary operation. Within hours of each other, a coordinated attack was made by Google (Youtube), Facebook, Spotify, Itunes, and even Amazon to purge InfoWars content and remove them from search results. These are pretty much the biggest/only platforms for engaging people with the social media ghetto. In addition to Infowars, any public personality with opinions to the right of stalin received similar treatment. Among the shitbags engaging in this behavior were the cunts over at Mail Chimp, who jumped on the bandwagon with a nebulous "violation of terms of service / your account is now terminated" type of messages. The "fake news" narrative going along with this is some nonsense about 'hate speech' and it's pushing their typical commie political garbage. This is the CIA-funded-and-directed 'technocracy' deseperately attempting to consolidate control of the net, by eliminating independent voices altogether. It's not about money; it's about total control of information. The point in raising this is to highlight the importance of ELIMINATING the "cloud" from ALL ASPECTS of your internet business. This doesn't just pertain to mailing, it's across the board for anyone who operates businesses online. The time to move your operation(s) back to BARE METAL is now, and it needs to be under your direct control where you own the hardware OR you need to hire a trusted admin to handle it for you. Cloud Vulnerabilities Include: - Web hosting - SaaS hosted apps (i.e. anything that uses something like AWS for anything) - 3rd party DNS (oh, you thought you were clever using cloudflare? nope.) - Payment processing (if you own/run offers it's time to get your own real merchant account and ditch bullshit like stripe) - ESP/Mailing (absolutely terribe to be mailing from anything like mailchimp) There are many more vulnerabilities that manifest just by virtue of allowing an unknown 3rd party to have full access to your data, your private encryption keys, and other such things. If you think going along to get along is going to keep you safe, it won't...but go ahead and test the theory that this is an isolated incident that could never happen to you. Separate but Related: Remember like 6-7 years ago I suggested that those with the means to do so pool resources and lobby for better laws to protect mailers/marketers (and really all people using the internet as a public communications utility) from exactly this type of thing? Well, nobody was too interested. I'll settle for the sweet taste of vindication.