A couple of weeks ago we were surprised to find our YouTube channel completely deleted with the message “This account has been terminated due to multiple or severe violations of YouTube’s policy against spam, deceptive practices, and misleading content or other Terms of Service violations.”
Prior to having our channel seized, we were in perfect standing with YouTube. We were in the YouTube Partners program and most of our content was ad-friendly. We didn’t have a single complaint or strike against our account. All content was original or posted with permission. There were no personal attacks. If anyone was offended by our content, they were offended by ideas about peace and individual freedom. It’s becoming a common theme, though, as we’ve also been removed from participating in two major ad networks: Google Ad Exchange and Amazon’s CPM Ads programs. Both of which we had been using for some time without issue. You can read the rest of the story at our Patreon page.
Here’s a good summary of the seizure by Lori Harfenist aka “The Resident” on RT America:
This was a wake-up call! We are living in a time when ideas are so powerful that information gatekeepers (Google and Facebook) must act like tyrants to maintain control. Perhaps they’re a bigger threat to free speech than governments themselves. But working in concert with government makes them even more dangerous.
YouTube denied our appeal to restore the channel.
Instead of begging them to let us use their platform, we’re rebuilding on censorship-proof platforms like BitChute, IPFS and Steemit. Thankfully, BitChute saved back-ups of all our YouTube videos.
Check out Vin Armani’s recent interview with Ray Vahey below. He’s the founder of BitChute, a peer-to-peer video network competing with YouTube.
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