January 2019 / updated March 2021
Google-owned YouTube is a core part of the Google spy system. It tracks, monitors, and records everything that you do on their website. It also censors, suppresses, and deletes videos that contradict Google’s progressive beliefs. It demonetizes and denies ad revenues to video makers who are "insufficiently progressive." Below are video sites that are designed to not track or record you and that do not censor or suppress videos based upon a political and religious agenda.
YouTube is the world’s largest video platform. More than half a million hours of new videos are uploaded to the website each day, while hundreds of millions of people visit each day.
There are three reasons why YouTube dominates online video. First, if you want your video to be seen by the whole world, you upload it to YouTube. Second, YouTube’s interface and technical capabilities are far superior to other online video services. Third, Google is willing to lose more than two billion dollars a year for the privilege of being the world’s video platform. It is willing to lose money because of the surveillance that Google can conduct of those who visit the site or who upload videos to the site. YouTube is a core part of the Google global spying machine.
YouTube is now also one of the major censors on the Internet. YouTube either deletes videos and accounts that are insufficiently progressive, or allows them to appear but downgrades the ability of users to find those videos.
Although a number of alternatives to YouTube exist, only a few of them are designed to not collect information on their users or to not engage in censorship. In addition, only a handful of video platforms come close to approaching the technical standards, and ease of use, of YouTube.
My View: BitChute is the Best YouTube Alternative
BitChute is a fully functional, decentralized, peer-to-peer video network.
In at least one sense, Bitchute is technically superior to YouTube. When you view a video on BitChute you become a part of the network. Bitchute uses WebTorrent software to temporarily download the video that you are watching to your browser and that copy is then anonymously passed along to others. This feature allows BitChute to avoid the massive expenses of buying the necessary internet bandwidth and storage that are necessary to transmit popular online videos. Instead, its users become the temporary network that hosts that video.
BitChute is deliberately constructed so that it cannot engage in the surveillance or tracking of its users. However, Bitchute does have one major drawback. It is not open source and is decentralized operationally, but not in its organization. Although committed to not spying on its users, this commitment is a matter of choice for Bitchute. It is not inherent in the Bitchute system.
Other YouTube Alternatives
As of 2021, there are two new major alternatives to YouTube. Rumble is a Canadian video website that has recently exploded in use as major American conservative television and online figures have either left, or have been forced off, YouTube. Thousands of other conservative online commentators and journalists have migrated there as well. Rumble is a for-profit corporation.
Another recent alternative to YouTube is the blockchain-based Odysee, which is based on the decentralized, LRBY protocol. Odysee is a self-defined free speech video platform to which many in dissident right have migrated or are mirroring their content.
There is also DailyMotion, the French version of YouTube, which has long been used in Europe and America as a YouTube alternative, and which engages in far less censorship, particularly of American content providers, than YouTube. But Vimeo, a once a popular American alternative to YouTube, is now indistinguishable from YouTube when it comes to viewpoint discrimination.