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 an early post on Richie Allen’s new YouTube channel.
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.