13 March, 2021

Twitter vs. BitChute

Twitter bans users from posting links to Bitchute (reclaimthenet.org)

What the heck is BitChute? I didn’t know either. But apparently, despite the fact that it’s so low profile, it’s worth banning.

Twitter was now blocking all links, shared in tweets, to the BitChute domain.

This is the case as of March 12.

BitChute is an independent video hosting platform that has gained in popularity as an alternative to the centralized giant YouTube, which has been plagued by waves of censorship and demonetization.


One of them said that Twitter was preventing completion of requests because BitChute links have been identified “by Twitter or our partners” as “potentially harmful.”

These messages don’t explain who Twitter’s partners mandating these blocks might be, though it’s not beyond the realm of possibility they might be the notorious fact-checkers that the social media company hires to police the platform.

These users were also instructed to visit Twitter’s Help Center to “learn more.” But BitChute explained that the block appeared to be blanket, regardless of the category of content the links lead to: gaming, makeup and DIY tutorials, even “cat videos” have all been affected.

Ye gods. I didn’t realize. By all means, save us from the cat videos.

You don’t have control over your speech. Twitter does. Facebook does. YouTube does.

We live in frightening times. And they grow more frightening almost daily.

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