Video hosting service BitChute accuses PayPal of censorship following apparent deplatforming

Video hosting platform BitChute, which was founded as an alternative to YouTube, has accused PayPal of censorship following its apparent removal from the payment processing service.

As Andrew Blake reports in The Washington Times, PayPal’s actions follow a spate of ‘deplatforming’ of controversial services by the payment company, with Alex Jones, The Proud Boys and anti-fascist groups all meeting a similar fate.

In a statement released by BitChute, founder Ray Vahey wrote:

BitChute has had a Paypal account since 2016, we have used it to settle payments and to receive subscription payments from supporters along with other discretionary payments. It’s our belief that it is our stand against the current trend in censorship that has resulted in this action.

When it was launched in 2017, Vahey claimed that BitChute was the product of “increased levels of censorship by the large social media platforms,” such as banning users, demonetizing their videos and “tweaking algorithms to send certain content into obscurity.”

Read the full article on The Washington Post website here.

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1 Response

  1. panicprevention says:

    Goes to show that you can’t mess with the major companies! YouTube has a long history of hosting ‘controversial’ content but they’re seemingly untouchable – just highlights the struggles the smaller alternative platforms face when they’re first launched.

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