Youtube Continues Crypto Clampdown, Ivan on Tech Switches Platforms
Ivan on Tech has once again been censored on Youtube. As a result, the popular crypto vlogger has decided to move over on to his own platform to publish content.
Crypto content creators look for greener pastures
Youtube’s censorship has only intensified since their most recent update to the site’s terms and conditions. Crypto content creators have been the latest group to be demonetized and receive strikes against their channels, as part of the latest purge.
THE CRYPTO PURGE CONTINUES!!@TeamYouTube removed our video from this morning and gave us a strike AGAIN!!!
Nothing harmful or dangerous in that content…
RETWEET SO WE CAN SOLVE THIS AGAIN QUICKLY!!
— Ivan on Tech (@IvanOnTech) March 9, 2020
Youtube has consistently implemented stricter guidelines to limit the kinds of content available to the platform’s viewers, while at the same time, they have constantly modified the search algorithm to recommend only approved content in its autoplay feature.
The amount of arbitrary censorship on Youtube has caused a mass exodus of content creators to other platforms like self-hosted websites, competitors like Bitchute, D-Live, and Vimeo, and the self-hosted Fediverse video platform Peertube.
WOW THANK YOU ALL WHO TUNED IN!!
We streamed for the first time on our own platform outside youtube, and it was way better than expected
ADD THIS TO YOUR BOOKMARKS AND JOIN DAILY 8AM CEThttps://t.co/pD2dItWjDv
— Ivan on Tech (@IvanOnTech) March 10, 2020
Ivan on Tech is just the latest casualty of Youtube’s censorship happy policies. Ivan has launched his own site to stream and host his own content, inspired by the POSSE (Publish [on your] Own Site, Syndicate Elsewhere), web publication philosophy.
Privacy and Censorship are the two major issues facing the future of the Web
As Silicon Valley’s big tech monopolies continue to limit the freedom of the internet by censoring social media and banning controversial content, we will continue to see content creators seek censorship-free alternatives.
Data harvesting is another major issue facing web users, as large tech companies offer free services at the expense of harvesting and monetizing the user’s private data. Data is a pivotal battle for the privacy of internet users, and in the fight against censorship.
The answer to both of these issues is to stop using centralized social media and big tech web services. The rise of the Fediverse’s self-hosted social media alternatives, like Mastodon, Peertube, and Pleroma, are evidence of this trend towards freedom and decentralization.
What do you think about Youtube’s latest crackdown? Let us know in the comments!
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