Recent widespread video removals have crypto Youtubers searching for greener and more dependable pastures for content production. While reports have since emerged of Youtube claiming the incident was an accident, and that videos are now being restored, the “Christmas Crypto purge” of 2019 has nonetheless burnt an indelible memory into the minds of dedicated Youtubers. Many are now looking to back up their content or even migrate elsewhere, and suggesting more decentralized and censorship-resistant platforms for video sharing.
What Really Happened
From claims of centralized, anti-crypto motivations on Youtube’s part and bot attacks, to anti-racist groups waging war on a perceived lack of multiculturalism in crypto, theories surrounding Youtube’s recent spate of video removals, strikes and bans vary wildly. Some have suggested that channels posting external links are the main sufferers. Others say the removals were a precaution against crypto-jacking malware.
A recent report has emerged of the site claiming the removals were an accident and that content has since been restored. However, major channels like Ivan on Tech still seem to be in the dark about the issue. Whatever the case may be, the incident has now incapacitated many high-subscriber, prominent content creators in the crypto space and is sending a shockwave through the community, leading some to suggest migration and adoption of other platforms. This post aims to detail some of the most commonly suggested alternatives, as well as nascent sites seeking to provide greater freedom from Youtube policy to content creators.
Censorship-Resistant Video Sharing
Back in August news.Bitcoin.com detailed some crypto-powered video sharing platforms in the wake of earlier incidents of censorship and channel deletions, and also published a list of crypto social media platforms. This time around, along with classic suggestions some new platforms and protocols are emerging, and deserve a look.
P2P video sharing platform Bitchute has been around since 2017 and claims to provide greater censorship resistance through the use of webtorrent technology, though the practical reality of this claim has been challenged. Regarding monetization, the website states: “Rather than forcing creators to collect their tips and pledges solely through the BitChute platform, we are instead taking the approach of providing the facilities required for creators to link their content to the payment processors of their choice.” The site came onto the radar of many in the crypto space when popular right-libertarian conspiracy channel Infowars migrated after being censored by Youtube in August 2018.
Another webtorrent-powered P2P sharing system, and one still in early beta according to its website, Bittubers claims it “emphasizes free speech, fairness and unrestricted monetization across the board,” and notes “This platform is the successor to bit.tube, launched in mid 2018.” Bittubers also claims it does not seek to compete with other platforms, but uses its own app to build parallel integration systems which can monetize cross-posted content outside the purview of Youtube and others. Bittubers promises “no economic censorship” and also has its own associated crypto, TUBE.