BitChute: A Tree that produces Hate Speech, Conspiracy Theories and Misinformation

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Matthew 7:17-20

17 A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. 18 A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. 19 So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. 20 Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.

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BitChute is an alt-tech video hosting service launched by Ray Vahey in January 2017. It describes itself as offering freedom of expression, while the service is known for accommodating far-right individuals and conspiracy theorists, and for hosting hate speech. Wikipedia

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Bitchute’s offering of lies…

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Excerpts:

Mashable

BitChute welcomes the dangerous hate speech that YouTube bans

Researchers found white supremacist propaganda and conspiracy theories spreading on the site.

By Matt Binder  on December 14, 2020

If Parler is a conservative alternative to Twitter and MeWe is attempting to replicate Facebook, BitChute is best described as the right-wing alternative to YouTube.

Hate speech. Neo-Nazi propaganda. Anti-Semitic QAnon conspiracy theories. Even terrorism. It’s all there. And the platform keeps growing.
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From YouTube to BitChute

In the lead-up to November’s elections, many big social media companies began cracking down on misinformation.

When YouTube finally banned “harmful” conspiracy theory content “used to justify real-world violence” in October, many QAnon spreaders were purged from the site.

Many of them already had a BitChute channel up and running with the expectation they’d eventually be booted from YouTube. And it wasn’t hard to move their content over. The company has an importer tool that makes it easy.

Users don’t even have to own the content. There is a Reuters channel on BitChute, Horne pointed out, syndicating the company’s video content without permission.

“Reuters has no relationship with BitChute,” said a Reuters spokesperson. “We were unaware of this channel and are looking into the matter.”
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Who is behind BitChute?

BitChute was founded in 2017 by British web developer Ray Vahey in order to create a “free speech” alternative to YouTube. It was conceived following changes to the Google-owned video giant’s monetization policies, meant to cut down on hate speech and extremist content. While the company is based in the UK, Vahey lives and works in Thailand.

He and the company seem to invite fringe content. BitChute’s Twitter account has shared links to videos on the site created by white nationalists. And Vahey has tweeted support from his personal account for conspiracy theories including Pizzagate, which claimed that a child-trafficking ring was being run out of a pizza place in Washington, D.C.


https://mashable.com/article/what-is-bitchute

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Excerpts:

ADL

BitChute: A Hotbed of Hate

Published: 08.31.2020

August 31, 2020

Under the guise of anti-censorship and free speech, video-hosting service BitChute has become a hotbed for violent, conspiratorial and hate-filled video propaganda, and a recruiting ground for extremists.

BitChute founder Ray Vahey’s concept for the platform came from, in his words, “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.” Vahey’s vision has become a reality, and today, many of the YouTube accounts demonetized or banned due to community standards violations are migrating to his platform to disseminate their vitriolic content.

While Bitchute’s community guidelines specify that incitement to violence “will not be tolerated,” videos and comments calling for the extermination of Jews, glorifying violent beatings by police and anti-government militias, vilifying Black people and demonizing immigrants, the LGBTQ+ community and Muslims, proliferate freely across the platform.

https://www.adl.org/resources/blog/bitchute-hotbed-hate

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