In the past few months, the MEMRI Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor (JTTM) has found that the video-sharing service Vidme has joined other services such as YouTube, the Internet Archive, Sendvid, Daily Motion, and more that host hosting numerous pro-Islamic State (ISIS) videos. The videos on Vidme, many of which are produced by the ISIS media wing Al-Hayat, feature beheadings; children receiving ISIS military training and religious education; ISIS fighters from Canada, Germany, Russia, and other countries; Indonesian and other jihadis swearing allegiance to ISIS; ISIS fighters training and fighting in Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, and other places; fighters from Jabhat Al-Nusra and other groups captured by ISIS; ISIS women fighters training; speeches by ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi and others; Western media reports about ISIS with pro-ISIS commentary; and more. Some of the videos are subtitled in English. Accounts and video pages, some of which feature ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi and ISIS flags as avatars, can also include links to accounts on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media, and also to other websites.
The Los Angeles-based Vidme, which was launched in June 2010, and which has apps for both iOS and Android, differs from YouTube and other video-sharing services in that it promises complete privacy control. In addition, videos can be posted anonymously; its website states: “Instant video uploads. No account required.” Founder Greg Siegel said about the service in 2010: “The real main thing was creating a service that puts privacy and control in the center of the sharing experience, as opposed to an afterthought.” While other video-sharing services like YouTube do allow access to videos to be restricted, the main aim of such sites is for the video to be shared, so the privacy controls are quite basic.
Vidme also does not require users to register with their social profiles, email addresses, or phone numbers in order to upload content. Vidme is much simpler to use than other services, particularly from smartphones, offering one-step uploading; after uploading, users can share the link to social networks. It has emerged as the most-used video platform on the entertainment, social networking, and news website Reddit; some of the pages of the videos below have links to comments on Reddit. In April 2015, Vidme secured $3.2 million in funding and released a new iOS app.
Vidme’s Terms Of Service Prohibit Promotion Of “Illegal Activities” And “Hatred Or Physical Harm Of Any Kind” – But, Like Twitter, YouTube, And Other Companies, It Is Not Consistently Enforcing Them
Vidme’s Terms of Service state: “You must use Vidme in a manner consistent with any and all applicable laws and regulations. If you post Prohibited Content, as decided in our sole discretion, we may ban you and report you to the authorities, if necessary.” The prohibited content includes: child pornography; “false or misleading information” or information that “promotes illegal activities”; content that “poses or creates a privacy or security risk to any person”; content that is “offensive or promotes racism, bigotry, hatred or physical harm of any kind against any group or individual,” that “harasses or advocates harassment of another person”; that “furthers or promotes any criminal activity or enterprise or provides instructional information about illegal activities including, but not limited to making or buying illegal weapons.” However, these rules are enforced inconsistently or not at all with regard to jihadi content.
The following are examples of ISIS and pro-ISIS content, as well as content from Al-Qaeda and its affiliates such as Jabhat Al-Nusrah, posted on Vidme (Warning: graphic content). Note: Several of these accounts have been shut down, either by Vidme or by the users.
Anonymously Uploaded Videos
“#AlHayat_Media Presents: A French Nasheed Video Extend your hand to pledge allegiance” – Uploaded week of May 24, 2015, 192 plays. Sources: Vid.me/PsgJ (27 views); Vid.me/0Mqn (192 views), accessed June 18, 2015.
“The Believers storming the disbelievers @ Baiji oil refinery” – Uploaded April 17, 2015, 57 views. Source: vid.me/sqbB, accessed June 18, 2015.
“Blood of Jihad 2” – Military training of children. Uploaded December 6, 2015, 27 views. Source: vid.me/khfW, accessed June 18, 2015.
“Blood of Jihad 2 video” – Uploaded November 24, 2014, 190 views. Source: vid.me/fswu, accessed June 18, 2015.
“Blood of Jihad – images of Caliphate cubs course.” Military training of children. Uploaded November 24, 2014, 148 views. Source: vid.me/HC0G, accessed June 18, 2015.
“The media office for Ninawa Province presents: Blood of Jihad 2” – Religious education for children. Uploaded November 24, 2015, 149 views. Source: vid.me/7ZA6, accessed June 18, 2015.
“The Establishment of the Islamic State Part 6” – uploaded December 24, 2014, 183 views. Source: vid.me/QZLM, accessed June 18, 2015.
“ISIS Music Video 2” – uploaded December 11, 2014, 387 views, vid.me/Fi9P.
“ISIS women fighters during the training with AK 47 in Ar raqaa – YouTube [360 p]” – Uploaded September 28, 2014, 445 views. Source: vid.me/wqb, accessed June 18, 2015.
“German Mujahid in Syria” – Uploaded November 19, 2014, 10,594 views. Source: https://vid.me/dChO, accessed June 18, 2015.
“Words of Mujahid 2” – Uploaded December 18, 2014, 142 views. Source: https://vid.me/CIld, accessed June 18, 2015.
“A message to those who have refrained from jihad” – Uploaded November 6, 2014, 49 views, https://vid.me/8aB9, accessed June 18, 2015.
“Al-Hayat Media presents a message from the brother Abu Muhammad Al-Russi, original quality” – Uploaded November 2, 2014, 56 views. Source: vid.me/Yl3, accessed June 18, 2015. This page links to a Twitter account.
“It was won with terror” – Uploaded November 4, 2014, 29 views. Source: vid.me/nYw, accessed June 18, 2015. While the logo on the video is of the Sinai-based Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis organization, it was posted the same month that this organization swore allegiance to ISIS.
Videos From Registered Accounts
“Halab – Bombardir salibis terhadap kaum muslimin-3″ ( Al-Azzam Media Division of Media Khilafah Islamiyah | Daulah Islamiyah | Islamic State) – The Bombing of the Crusaders on Muslims” – Uploaded around May 13, 2015, 4 views.
19 videos, total 2,638 views.
“Lively messages from the rebellious city of Baiji,” uploaded November 26, 2015, 224 views. Source: vid.me/kcaW, accessed June 18, 2015.
Total account views: 2,638.
Total account views: 214
36 videos, 2,721 total account views.
A nasheed: “[I] Walk on the Hot Coals of Danger Barefooted”– Uploaded November 18, 2014, 46 views.
4 videos, 1,667 total account views.
“The weekly harvest – Islamic State / exclusive” – Uploaded January 21, 2015, 554 views. Page links to a Twitter account.
7 videos, 2,073 total account views.
4 videos, 1,268 total account views.
Total account views: 2,166.
“Episode 4: Satan’s Whispers (Lies Against The Islamic State) – This is the Fourth Episode of Exposing Falsehood. Our aim in these series is to present truths regarding politics and religion” This account links to Twitter and Facebook pages Uploaded December 8, 2014, 15 views.
Yazeed_Dharr, account suspended
“Damascus province || Repent before we overcome you.” June 29, 2015. The video, an official ISIS video, was accessed by MEMRI on July 22, 2015.
aboaasem6, account suspended
Total account views: 588
Shalhop, account suspended
Total account views: 5,497
“A magnificent film that surpasses the films of Hollywood” – Description: “This is a very fun release from Al-Furqan Media Foundation, which belongs to the Islamic State in Iraq. Views have reached unbelievable numbers on many websites and jihadi and non-jihadi forums alike…this is besides the direct views of the production on YouTube and elsewhere…” – Uploaded November 13, 2014, 352 views.
“Distinguished publication | The international coalition for fighting the Islamic State…” Description: “Published on 10/29/2014; The Scandals of Secularism for Media Production presents: a distinguished visual presentation; The International Coalition to Fighting the Islamic State…” – Uploaded October 29, 2014, 219 views.
Turjman_12, account suspended
Total account views: 595
Sayyar, account suspended
12 followers, 46,160 total account views.
Iqorshy, account suspended
Total account views: 381
Non-ISIS Jihadi Videos
Sadaislamic, account suspended.
11 videos, 693 total account views. This account linked to the Islamic website Sada Al-Sham Al-Islami (http://sadaislamic.net/wp/), which reports about the activity of various Islamist rebel factions in Syria.
Jihadgaza, vid.me/u/jihadgaza – Jabhat Al-Nusra
 Mobile.geek.com, June 25, 2010.
 Bits.blogs.nytimes.com, June 23, 2015.
 Mobile.geek.com, June 25, 2010.
 Techcrunch.com, April 7, 2015; Variety.com, April 7, 2015.
 Vid.me/terms-of-use, accessed June 17, 2015.
 See also MEMRI JTTM report Photos Document ISIS Attack On Iraq’s Baiji Refinery, Show ISIS Operations Center In Action, April 12, 2015.
 See MEMRI JTTM report New ISIS Video Shows Beheading Of Jabhat Al-Nusra, Jaish Al-Islam Captives, June 28, 2015.