BitChute is a video hosting service – similar to YouTube – that uses peer-to-peer technology. Find out how it works today in our review.
What Is BitChute?
BitChute, found online at BitChute.com, is an alternative video sharing platform using blockchain technology. The platform has become a hub for alt right vloggers and conspiracy theorists – including many vloggers who have been banned or demonetized from YouTube and other traditional social media platforms for their perceived hate speech.
The goal of BitChute is to create a censorship-free environment. The platform was first launched in January 2017, but underwent a major redesign in March 2018.
As of 2018, the most popular account on BitChute has 11,300 subscribers.
How Does BitChute Work?
BitChute is powered by BitTorrent, which provides a P2P video sharing environment for the platform. Using BitTorrent allows BitChute to avoid the expensive costs of video hosting. The platform doesn’t need to provide bandwidth to users because users provide bandwidth to themselves.
One of the biggest obstacles for a new video sharing platform is the enormous bandwidth requirement. Providing the bandwidth needed for a video sharing platform requires a lot of money, and that money needs to come from advertising revenue. This makes platforms like YouTube beholden to certain advertisers and corporations – which is why these platforms have some degree of censorship.
At the same time, it costs so much money to start a YouTube competitor – which is why platforms like YouTube have a stranglehold on the industry.
BitChute avoids this problem by creating a P2P video sharing system built on BitTorrent protocol. BitChute specifically uses WebTorrent, which allows people to share videos directly from their browser without having to configure or install anything. That means the website’s users become hosts of the videos they’re watching.
The end result is a distributed P2P video sharing community with minimal hosting costs and minimal censorship. This allows BitChute to compete with platforms like Facebook and YouTube. Traditionally, these platforms have a huge market share because competitors struggle to provide adequate hosting. The hosting power of BitChute, meanwhile, will continue to grow as it adds more users. That’s the democratization power of the BitTorrent protocol.
What Kinds Of Videos Will You Find On BitChute?
A video sharing platform on blockchain hosted by the people with minimal censorship sounds like a good idea. Unfortunately, like many “censorship free” platforms online, BitChute has quickly devolved into a cesspool of conspiracy theories and poorly-researched videos.
At the time of writing, popular videos on the platform include content from InfoWars – a media outlet that insists virtually every shooting is a false flag attack and has been repeatedly banned or demonetized from YouTube for hate speech. Other videos are unapologetically racist. Most videos, however, back various types of conspiracy theories – including everything from the American “deep state” to lizard people and pedophile rings in Washington.
Popular accounts on BitChute include unique online personalities like “conservativegranny”, “Styxhexenhammer666”, and “Boobe2007”.
Many of the users on BitChute migrated to the platform from Vidme. Others migrated from YouTube due to increased censorship of the platform.
Who’s Behind BitChute?
BitChute was founded by a man named Ray Vahey. There’s limited information about Ray Vahey available online. Most of what we know about Ray comes through Twitter.
Ray was motivated to found BitChute due to increased censorship and demonetization on YouTube. YouTube claims to only ban or demonetize videos that violate its terms of service – like promoting hate speech. Some people feel YouTube has overstepped its boundaries by deliberately acting to censor certain political viewpoints online. That’s why Ray created BitChute.
BitChute is a peer-to-peer video sharing platform that emphasizes a censorship-free environment and low hosting costs. The platform was originally launched in 2017, but underwent a redesign in March 2018. Today, the platform remains a niche website catering mostly to conspiracy theorists.
However, the good thing about BitChute is that anyone can post anything on the platform: it’s a censorship-free environment hosted entirely by the people. Today, BitChute is a hub for a certain group of people online, but that may change in the future – particularly if YouTube continues to censor certain voices.
You can check out BitChute for yourself today by visiting BitChute.com.