Hot on the heels of another purge of accounts and dumping all references and users pushing the Qanon conspiracy, Twitter earlier today blocked links to Bitchute, a British-based YouTube alternative.
In recent years, Bitchute has become a home to users who have been banned from YouTube or have had their content censored on other platforms.
This has seen the site labelled as enabling hate and extremism. Other media named the site as an alt-right platform, although the owners dismiss connections to political parties and instead profess to enable all speech.
Bitchute was one of many websites blocked and censored by ISPs in Australia in New Zealand alongside websites like Kiwi Farms, 4chan and Zero Hedge in the fallout of the Christchurch mass shooting event in March 2019.
After initially blocking links altogether to Bitchute, Twitter latter decided to re-enable the links – but with a warning to its users. Bitchute was quick to call out the censorship on Twitter.
At the time of publication, Twitter is yet to publicly comment on the move, but it appears the decision is inline with its earlier decision to remove conspiracy content and users who spread it from the platform. Many users involved in those communities have been reporting large drops in followers, in some cases in the thousands, of accounts that have been nuked.
Daniel is a Melbourne-based multimedia journalist with international experience as an editor, producer, designer and artist at some of Australasia’s biggest newsrooms. A longtime commentator and reporter on internet culture, he now journals his observations on digital life and counterculture for Boldly.