Saturday, September 2, 2017

YouTube Censorship Calls for New User-Based Platform; Enter 'BitChute'

The popular social media platform, YouTube, has recently become popular for reasons other than “quality video content.” This reason is what appears to be unethical and out-of-control censorship of users who apparently do not fit into the YouTube narrative of subject matters.
YouTub'ers who publish videos on games, makeup, sports, and pop music have absolutely no problem with views and fair publication. In fact, these videos are some of the most advertised videos on YouTube, and are highly monetized on the platform. However, videos on the subjects of social justice and impactful political controversy have a way of being arbitrarily demonetized and swept under the rug either by YouTube's algorithms or directly by its personnel.

This apparent censorship does not seem to be based upon any written policy that YouTube has declared to the public. Whatever the reason behind these new norms of censorship of free speech, there is an alternative to YouTube that seems to have launched at just the right time.

The platform is called BitChute, and unlike its overly centralized counterpart, BitChute features a decentralized network as its media base. BitChute uses torrent technology as a medium for data distribution. This means that any video you watch is sourced from several different locations in part, and when you click on a video, those sources send the data over the web and assemble them locally on your PC.

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This makes BitChute free of middlemen who might possibly stifle or censor important information. Though this platform does not yet offer streaming capability, this challenge is likely being tested and solved as efficiently as the others have been. Here is an excerpt from the website, Torrent Freak on the details of the BitChute platform.

YouTube is without doubt one of the Internet's best platforms, but it does have its weaknesses, particularly when it comes to monetizing controversial content. Using BitTorrent under the hood to avoid expensive bandwidth bills, could the recently launched BitChute become a viable alternative?bitchute-logo

YouTube attracts over a billion visitors every month, with many flocking to the platform to view original content uploaded by thousands of contributors. However, those contributors aren’t completely free to upload and make money from whatever they like.

Since it needs to please its advertisers, YouTube has rules in place over what kind of content can be monetized, something which caused a huge backlash last year alongside claims of censorship.

But what if there was an alternative to YouTube, one that doesn’t impose the same kinds of restrictions on uploaders? Enter BitChute, a BitTorrent-powered video platform that seeks to hand freedom back to its users.

“The idea comes from seeing the increased levels of censorship by the large social media platforms in the last couple of years. Bannings, demonetization, and tweaking algorithms to send certain content into obscurity and, wanting to do something about it,” BitChute founder Ray Vahey informs TorrentFreak.

“I knew building a clone wasn’t the answer, many have tried and failed. And it would inevitably grow into an organization with the same problems anyway.”
Of course, one of the main obstacles for video content hosting platforms is the obscene amounts of bandwidth they consume. Any level of success is usually accompanied by big hosting bills. But along with its people-powered philosophy, BitChute does things a little differently.

Instead of utilizing central servers, BitChute uses WebTorrent, a system which allows people to share videos directly from their browser, without having to configure or install anything. Essentially this means that the site’s users become hosts of the videos they’re watching, which slams BitChute’s hosting costs into the ground.

“Distributed systems and WebTorrent invert the scalability advantage the Googles and Facebooks have. The bigger our user base grows, the more efficiently it can serve while retaining the simplicity of the web browser,” Vahey says.

“Also by the nature of all torrent technology, we are not locking users into a single site, and they have the choice to retain and continue sharing the files they download. That puts more power back in the hands of the consumer where it should be.”

The only hints that BitChute is using peer-to-peer technology are the peer counts under each video and a short delay before a selected video begins to play. This is necessary for the system to find peers but thankfully it isn’t too intrusive.

With the growing trend of censorship, freedom of speech and information has been a big concern. It has also been concerning to see that commercial entities such as YouTube and Facebook have ceased to be commercial and have suddenly stopped caring about what their consumers want. They have replaced their consumer-oriented ideals with dictatorial control mechanisms which seem to stifle far more freedoms than they support.

Topics such a Pedogate, political corruption, and international opposition to American imperialism have been largely washed away by YouTube's new policy of censorship. These topics have become increasingly more difficult to communicate by independent researchers, and the need for social media alternatives has grown significantly.

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These overgrown social media platforms seem to have revealed their intent to limit communication between free citizens, but thanks to new platforms such as Patreon, SlackBitChute, and others, the controlling platforms of yesterday may become largely obsolete.

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