SPOILER ALERT – it’s ODYSEE
YouTube has become Big Brother
It’s time to look for a Youtube Alternative!
America’s First Amendment prohibits the government from passing a law that forces any company to censor content. Ironically, it does not prohibit American Companies from censoring content and presenting skewed political views and news.
Public sources should be allowed to censor Racist content *sure* Censor Calls to Violence *sure* Censor Hate Speach *wait* – Just what is classified as hate speech? Arguably, the biggest news source on the planet is YouTube. But, sadly YouTube is very picky about what it does and doesn’t allow on its platform. Here is the rub, using the guise of hate speech, YouTube removes and blocks content of any video creator that doesn’t match its founders’ political, religious, and social viewpoints.
Of course, they have the right to do that, but it doesn’t make it RIGHT 🙁
As one of the world’s biggest public news sources, YouTube should have an obligation to let all voices be heard or (at the very least YouTube should be transparent about what topics it will allow being discussed).
Sadly YouTube Moderators are not transparent with their censorship.
Controversial video makers like
redacted, redacted, redacted have been banned for expressing their opinions on current events. Meanwhile hateful people and groups redacted, redacted, redacted expressing the flipside of their opinions are allowed on YouTube.
YouTube has demonetized single videos and complete channels of people who simply say things it disagrees with:
- YouTube recently removed an investigative report by Project Veritas because it was critical of Google bias
- Alistair Williams, a British comedian, posted this video saying how he disagreed with another British comedian and his video was removed
- Ardently neutral interviewers Triggernometry, had a video taken down because a woman, Posie Parker, dared to say that women were not men!
YouTube’s application of selective gag orders drives me nuts.
Then again, YouTube is so reliant on its advertising revenue, the company has to worry about its advertiser’s concerns when thinking of how best to run its platform. Ultimately, if you don’t mind being censored, tracked, and targeted for specific ads then YouTube might be the place for you.
Personally, I used to reach for YouTube whenever I wanted some light entertainment, informative how-to videos and to find out what was happening in the world. Frequently, I can watch a freshly published news video, to find it censored the following day. This is bad. As someone that does not want Big Tech feeding me biased, filtered news articles, YouTube is no longer the place I look for news on current events. I look elsewhere…
Do you want to access sanitized, censored content, or free format un-censored news?
If YouTube’s censorship policies do not float your boat, here are a growing list of other Video Hosts offering free speech and raw news content allowing you to make your own mind up.
These new video sites have less traffic and a lower profile than the Mighty YouTube, obviously reducing the potential audience, but each has a reputation for high-quality video hosting for creative professionals.
What is the best Youtube Alternative?
My recommendation is ODYSEE!
Odysee is a library of memories for people who take a LOT of videos (or photos). It lets them archive memories on storage they already have at home, and have all their memories on all their devices, without filling up their phones, and without needing to pay for expensive cloud storage.
Because Odysee does not censor it’s members’ data, it is an ideal place for content not allowed or demonetized on YouTube. That attracts a lot of free thinkers, alternatives, and often controversial content creators. That is not a bad thing, that is awesome!
My favourite aspect of ODYSEE is it’s IMPORT FROM YOUTUBE function.
I created my new Chanel clicked IMPORT and over the course of the next couple of days, it imported all nine years’ worth of videos from my YoTube chan=el!
So, if I ever fall foul of the YouTUbe OverLord’s who decide to censor my content – it will always be available on ODYSEE.
Well played OdySee, Well Played!
Some other YouTube Alternatives
Dailymotion has a great user experience even compared to YouTube. The home page also shows trending videos, categories, and a search bar, which allows the user to search for a video based on tags and channel. It also has a clean and simple video player. While both YouTube and Dailymotion have their own rules on what can and can’t be uploaded, Dailymotion has somewhat of a better tolerance for it by providing options for uploaders to set an age gate.
BitChute has a phenomenal community and incredible potential but currently has a few serious drawbacks. BitChute intends to become YouTube without censorship protected in part by including decentralized BitTorrent functionality.
Steemit – CEO Ned Scott doesn’t believe in censorship; a stance that has won him and his platform fans in recent months. However, Steemit ensures the website is compliant, and that there are systems in place that allow things like hate speech to be flagged and removed.
D.Tube runs on the Steem blockchain database. Dtube is Steemit’s video sharing platform. It’s like YouTube combined with Steemit. Users get rewarded for the content they create on Dtube in the same manner as Steemit. When you share a video on Steemit, it will be posted to Dtube https://d.tube/
BitChute and DTube don’t rely on advertising revenue. Instead users can send peer-to-peer payments.
Last but not least is:
Vimeo offers a free plan (with 5GB limit) but with that size its pretty useless. This is really a paid video platform – a Vimeo Pro account is a better option for hosting business videos. This membership entitles you to HD video, unlimited bandwidth/time, customization and branding of your own video player, impressive analytics, and more. As a Pro user, you’ll also be able to monetize your own content by enabling viewers to “tip” your video $1–$500 using PayPal or a credit card.