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Type: Video Hosting/ Sharing Site
Website: vidme


According to Vidme, they're small team consisting of twelve humans and six dogs. [1] [2] Founded by two entrepreneurs, Warren Shaeffer and Alex Benzer, in 2014. The idea to simplified video publishing, trying to build around the community and develope new ways for content creators to build an audience and earn money.

Role in Gamergate

In September 2016 as Vid-me positioned itself as the platform where controversial topics and language would not get censored with a launch video showing the statue of Liberty and paraphrasing 'The New Colossus', stating instead "give us your profanity!" [3] In November, Vidme makes fun of YouTube's Heroes program. [4] [5] [6] This and the adpocalyspe which plagues Youtube, made Vidme (and other content sharing sites, like Bitchute) really appealing to disillusion content creators. [7][8][9] Which hammered Vidme's mission that it's gonna be creators first and with little advertiser influence (ideally none) [10][11]

In July 12, 2017, Vidme teamed up with other internet social sites to fight against the Federal Communications Commission (aka the FCC), who were plotting to revoke Net Neutrality.[12][13]


According to a Hinny Pennies podcast, August 19 2017, Vidme eventually began censoring verified and featured creators without warning. [14]

Service Shut Down

By December 2017 it was announced that the Vidme website would shut down December 15 due to their inability to compete with Google and Facebook video.[15][16]

Sometime in December 1, 2017, Willaim Shaeffer, one of the Vidme founders made an article that Vidme is going to be suspended - Both the main site and its' apps. New sign-ups and uploads will be disabled effectively on that day. Though he thanks those who have supported vidme, its team, and mission, for the past few years.[15] It's also done in part that advertisers want to target a specific audiences and be completely "brand safe", few are willing to do direct deals with platforms that don't have enormous scale. In addition, storing and delivering videos are extremely costly. [17][18]


Vidme was acquired by Giphy in early 2019.[15] It is likely that Gify intends to use Vidme know how in order to expand the capability if there existing Giphy platform. There may be no plan for the service to return as before.

Known GamerGate supporters that used Vidme


  • Vidme's mascot is a cute robot of sorts named Astro.
  • Vidme content creators are nicknamed "Vidizen".

See Also





  1. Vidme (About/Archive) - [1]
  2. Vidme (tubefilter/archive)-[2]
  3. Dabitch (2 September 2016) - "Vidme positions itself as bastion of Video Liberty after #YouTubeIsOverParty trends - is same shit, different name" Adland - Retrieved 15 September 2019 (archive)
  4. VidMe Makes Fun of YouTube's Heroes Program (KiA)-[3]
  5. VidMe Takes Shots At YT's Heroes Program (KIA/Archive)-[4]
  7. Youtuber Mumkey Jones Has Been Taken Off Of YT (KIA) -[5]
  8. Mumkey Jones (vidme) - .me/MumkeyJones
  9. Mumkey Jones Has Been Taken Off YT (KIA/archive) - [6]
  10. Creators First. Note Advertisers (medium) - [7]
  11. Creators First. Not Advertisers (medium/archive) - [8]
  12. Join Vidme in the Fight to Save Net Neutrality (Medium) - [9]
  13. Join Vidme in the Fight to Save Net Neutrality (Medium/archive) - [10]
  14. Vidme is Removing Verified and Featured Creators without Explanation (KIA)-[11]
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Warren Shaeffer (1 December 2017) - "Goodbye for now" Medium - Retrieved 15December 2019 (archive)
  16. Dabitch (2 December 2017) - "Unable to compete with Google & Facebook, Vidme video platform shuts down December 15" Adland - Retrieved 15 September 2019 (archive)
  17. VIDM is Shutting Down (MLPolitics/archive) - [12]
  18. VIDME is Shutting Down (MLPolitics) - [13]
  19. Styxhexenhammer666 (13 April 2017) - "Styxhexenhammer666 User Page" Vidme (archive)
  20. Mister Metokur - "User page soon after service shut down" Vidme - Retrieved 7 September 2018 (archive)
  21. Vidme iOS app - [14]
  22. Vidme iOS app (archive) - [15]

External Links

Notice Fix for Some Broken Links

The Vidme website address "URL" cannot be displayed on this page. This means that many archive links are broken. However, if you look for "vidme" and then add a period "." between the "vid" and the "me", it may allow you to bypass the issue. Smooch ->vid . me<-

Vidme archive