Amid the unwarranted account deletions of great YouTube channels like The Richie Allen Show, many more of my favorite YouTube creators’ accounts are teetering on the brink of oblivion, with two (often random) “Community Guidelines” strikes against them. One more means termination.
This is a moment that’s been long in the making, by my reckoning since early 2015, when my ad income from Google dropped by 90% from one month to the next. My proverbial chip was “turned off”, to quote Aaron Russo from his film, ‘From Freedom to Fascism.’ Then in early 2016, a huge wave mass demonetizations hit YouTube channels. Ever since, being an independent publisher has been strictly a labor of love, with most creators like me living on donations.
People have different responses to this latest censorship kerfuffle that was triggered by the Parkland shooting. Jordan Sather of Destroying the Illusion had his 120,000-subscriber YouTube account terminated but he’s turned around and created a new channel on YouTube called Destroying the Illusion 2.0, which I think might be ill-advised. “Thomas Paine and Betsy” from American Intelligence Media have resorted to using subject lines, key words and thumbnails referring to kittens, to deflect the censorship bots away from the daily doses of Earth shaking “indictable evidence” contained in their audio tracks. This tactic won’t work forever.
Most creators seem to be going either to Bitchute, a freedom-loving video sharing site that has the advantage of automatically backing up your YouTube videos or to Steemit, which has the advantage of getting you paid for your blog- and video posts in their steem cryptocurrency when your content gets upvoted by fellow Steemit users. Jake Morphonios of Blackstone Intelligence Network has told his viewers to find him there.
Jason Goodman of Crowdsource the Truth did a livestream with IT security and Artificial Intelligence expert, Quinn Michaels in which this landscape is discussed. Michaels advises against Steemit, because the rampant derogatory trolling of one’s identity on that platform becomes built into the steem blockchain, impacting one’s market value – which is really no different from what happens to us with our credit scores, etc. In late December, I’d posted this story about China’s Sesame Credit, where Chinese citizens get perks for toeing the Party line…which is absolutely no different from life in the West. Quinn advocates for a for an AI bot to patrol the blockchain from such abuses…