In the face of constant censorship of conservatives by Big Tech, new alternatives are growing. Some conservatives are migrating to Rumble, a platform that seeks to replace YouTube after the censorship of politicians and other Republican personalities in the United States.
Just as conservatives migrated to Telegram and Signal to replace Twitter, YouTube also has its substitute and it is the platform now used by Governor of Florida Ron DeSantis who announced that he turned to Rumble after YouTube removed a video alleging “erroneous” information.
The video was posted by the American Institute for Economic Research, which showed a recent discussion on the pandemic situation and the policies implemented by the governor.
In the video, the scientists urged schools, restaurants, and cultural centers to resume their activities, while stating that only high-risk people should stay home if they want to and that children do not need to wear masks.
Rumble, the alternative due to censorship of conservatives
DeSantis now carries his message through the Rumble platform. It is a video-sharing portal based in Toronto that was launched in 2013. In that sense, the governor published his first video last April 15, entitled “Governor DeSantis fights against big tech censorship”.
In addition, the governor has led from Florida a series of legislative initiatives to sanction censorship of conservatives implemented by Big Tech.
“Some of our largest media conglomerates, who claim to be avatars of the First Amendment and the free exchange of ideas, have become cheerleaders for censorship,” DeSantis said in his first Rumble video.
“What we’re really witnessing is Orwellian: it’s Big Tech corporate media collusion” , DeSantis said.
Rumble CEO Chris Pavlovski welcomed DeSantis to the platform, calling him a “longtime advocate for free speech” and also calling him someone who “has been at the forefront of the effort to de-monopolize Big Tech.”
The platform is now also being used by lawmakers such as Representatives Devin Nunes (R-CA), Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Andy Biggs (R-AZ); as well as Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) and other Republicans, including former President Trump, Eric Trump and wife Lara Trump.
DeSantis vs. Big Tech
In the wake of ongoing censorship of conservatives by Big Tech such as Amazon, Google and Apple, Florida’s governor launched an initiative with the state House of Representatives to have a bill discussed and passed that would penalize companies that use censorship to harm various lines of thought.
Under the new measure, technology companies that censor or block a candidate during an election would face a daily fine of $100,000 until access to the platform is restored.
Also, if one of the companies were to promote a candidate for free by favoring him or her over another, the value of that promotion must be registered as a political campaign contribution with the Florida Elections Commission.