Reuters Publishes Hit Piece Against Alternative Video Platforms Competing with YouTube
Reuters, the mainstream media entity that sets the corporate news agenda worldwide, published a hit piece targeting alternative video platforms like Odysee, Rumble and BitChute for “serving up conspiracies, racism and graphic violence to millions of viewers.”
“As their viewership has surged since 2019, they have cultivated a devoted audience of mostly younger men, according to data from digital intelligence firm Similarweb,” Reuters noted in their report.
Reuters pointed specifically to BitChute hosting videos detailing the election fraud that occurred in the 2020 presidential election. This is harmful, according to Reuters, because some corrupt election officials have complained and played the victim over supposed threats they received from concerned citizens enraged after these corrupt officials looked the other way and allowed the election to be stolen.
“BitChute’s North Star is free speech, which is the cornerstone of a free and democratic society,” BitChute told Reuters. Platforms like BitChute and Odysee noted that they remove videos with explicit calls for terrorism and comply with all laws on the books. This did not stop Reuters from accusing them for hosting content promoting violence, without providing any specific examples other than random uncensored user comments.
Reuters targeted Rumble specifically for being the most mainstream of the alt platforms. They noted that Rumble is accessible in app stores run by Apple and Google, making it clear that the biased hit piece is designed to get them deplatformed.
Nevertheless, the Reuters article was forced to admit that these alternative platforms are winning as the public flocks over to them and away from Google-owned YouTube and their Big Brother repression.
“BitChute’s online traffic grew 63% in 2021 over the previous year, to 514 million visits, according to Similarweb, the digital intelligence firm. For comparison, that’s more than double the online audience of MSNBC.com, the website of the cable news channel known for left-leaning opinion hosts,” Reuters wrote.
“Odysee’s traffic has grown exponentially. Like BitChute, it has fed off the turbulence surrounding COVID-19 lockdowns, mass vaccinations and Trump’s false claims about the U.S. election in November 2020. That month, Odysee’s visits doubled to about 6 million, according to Similarweb. In January 2021 – the month Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol – it almost tripled again, to 17 million. By August, the total almost doubled again, to 33 million,” they noted.
Big League Politics has reported on the rise of alt tech, which also includes social media and messaging apps like Telegram and Gab, in recent years:
“Telegram, the encrypted messaging service that allows more freedom of speech on their platform than the tech giants, is the fastest growing app in the world for the year 2021.
According to San Francisco-based data insights company, App Annie, Telegram ranked the highest in the important category of breakout monthly active users, with Instagram and Zoom taking the second and third slots.