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BitChute

BitChute

BitChute is a video hosting service that uses peer-to-peer WebTorrent technology. It was founded as a way to avoid content rules that are enforced on platforms like YouTube, and some creators who have been banned or had their channels "demonetized" (barred from receiving advertising revenue) on YouTube have migrated to BitChute.

BitChute is a video hosting service that uses peer-to-peer WebTorrent technology. It was founded as a way to avoid content rules that are enforced on platforms like YouTube, and some creators who have been banned or had their channels "demonetized" (barred from receiving advertising revenue) on YouTube have migrated to BitChute. The platform has been criticized by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for hosting "hate-fuelled material".

History

The company was launched by Ray Vahey in January 2017. It is based on the peer-to-peer WebTorrent system, a JavaScript torrenting program that can run in a web browser. Users who watch a video also seed it. BitChute does not rely on advertising, and users can send payments to video creators directly.



In November 2018, BitChute was banned from PayPal along with Alex Jones, the Proud Boys, Tommy Robinson, and several Antifa members. PayPal did not publish a reason for the ban. In January 2019, BitChute announced in a post on Gab that they would move their domains over to Epik, a small domain registrar known for registering websites that host controversial content. In March 2019, internet service providers (ISPs) in New Zealand temporarily blocked access to BitChute, along with some other websites such as 8chan, LiveLeak, and Dissenter, in an attempt to stop the spread of a video of the Christchurch mosque shootings and a manifesto written by the perpetrator. Simultaneously, some Australian ISPs also blocked access to BitChute and 4chan, displaying a warning page explaining that access had been restricted by the ISPs "in co-operation with Interpol" because the domain was "distributing child sexual abuse material".

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March 2019

In March 2019, internet service providers (ISPs) in New Zealand temporarily blocked access to BitChute, along with some other websites such as 8chan, LiveLeak, and Dissenter, in an attempt to stop the spread of a video of the Christchurch mosque shootings and a manifesto written by the perpetrator. Simultaneously, some Australian ISPs also blocked access to BitChute and 4chan, displaying a warning page explaining that access had been restricted by the ISPs "in co-operation with Interpol" because the domain was "distributing child sexual abuse material".

January 2019

In January 2019, BitChute announced in a post on Gab that they would move their domains over to Epik, a small domain registrar known for registering websites that host controversial content.

November 2018

In November 2018, BitChute was banned from PayPal along with Alex Jones, the Proud Boys, Tommy Robinson, and several Antifa members. PayPal did not publish a reason for the ban.

January 2017

The company was launched by Ray Vahey in January 2017. It is based on the peer-to-peer WebTorrent system, a JavaScript torrenting program that can run in a web browser. Users who watch a video also seed it. BitChute does not rely on advertising, and users can send payments to video creators directly.

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Ray Vahey

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