Solutions: Stop Using YouTube

09/17/201739 Comments

Every year come 9/11 I see my “9/11: A Conspiracy Theory” video making the rounds again. But this year something marvelous happened. I was able to point people to my BitChute.com mirror of the video. And my Dtube mirror. And my minds.com mirror. And my vid.me mirror. The YouTube crackdown is coming (exactly as I warned you it would), but the YouTube exodus is also here (just as I predicted at the beginning of the year). The only problem is there are too many platforms to keep track of.

Here are the ones I mentioned, but I’m eager to hear from The Corbett Report about other platforms that are available and how they rate in terms of long-term viability, censorship resistance and free speech possibilities, user friendliness, etc. Please leave your comments and recommendations in the comment section below.

BitChute.com – From the FAQ: “Here we believe people should be able to express their opinions and choose their topics. If existing services cannot allow that, then let’s make some that will. The question is, how to disrupt a platform as well established as YouTube? It cannot be on their terms; we think we might have an answer, decentralization by torrents and tailored matchups for monetization.”

Dtube.video – From the introduction post on Steemit: “DTube is an application fully written in javascript, that runs in the browser, that allows you to upload and watch videos on top of the IPFS Network. Moreover, it uses STEEM as a database and enables earning rewards from your uploads.”

Minds.com – From the About page: “Minds (Minds, Inc.) is a free and open source social networking platform that rewards you for your activity online with revenue, digital currency and more views on your content. We are built on a foundation of freedom, privacy and democratization.”

vid.me – From the About page: “We’re a team of twelve humans and six dogs located in Downtown LA who are on a mission to build the world’s most creator-friendly video community. Over 25 million people use Vidme every month to upload and watch videos, and we’re just getting started.”

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  1. bongosodij says:

    I am using Bitchute and Minds.com. Bitchute seems to have quite a mixed bag and I have to really search through to find interesting stuff. Minds seems to be going well and the layout is very professional-looking. I have been waiting for nearly 2 months now, for steemit to accept me but I am wondering whether they are reluctant as I have given them my gmail account as my contact (I have a hotmail one). Can you suggest a ‘safe’ email provider? Hope this weekend goes well, and look forward to hearing about it.

  2. hakim says:

    Thanks James. You mentioned alternatives for video streaming only, but also suggested to switch email (like Gmail), but no suggested alternative; do you know of any? I came across MailPile, if that’s of any use? We could always pay for a private server, but people like free things.

  3. janiece.t says:

    When Newsbud started uploading previews to YouTube I got in the habit of using YouTube for notifications that a new video was posted but then going directly to the site to sign in so I could watch the full episode. Somewhere along the way I fell into the same habit of just going to corbettreport.com

    I’ve started preferring that experience and I’ve really enjoyed reading through the community comments and replies on both sites.

    I read more than I sleep and definitely more than I watch videos (although I rarely miss a Newsbud or Corbett video) so I imagine as long as the content is on the site, that’s where I’ll prefer to watch it..

    • wingsuitfreak says:

      By the way, I just found out (and confirmed it myself) that Newsbud is now also accepting credit card payments, along with paypal, for subscriptions. It is also now $9 a month, a $2 increase, but they now offer so much more that it is a steal at that price. I’m so happy! Now I can go back to watching their news as well. JimBob

  4. HomeRemedySupply says:

    I saw some of the Denmark James Corbett presentation. Interesting data and viewpoint! As usual, James comes off as very “real”. His presentation was relaxed but very professional.

    I grinned at this classic line…
    “I just flew in from Japan. Boy! Are my arms tired!”
    History of the joke – http://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/new_york_city/entry/i_just_flew_in_and_boy_are_my_arms_tired
    A German rendition video (30 seconds)
    https://www.adforum.com/creative-work/ad/player/65/comedy/becks

    • Mielia says:

      Lol about this advertisement.
      Though I must admit I didn’t get the joke, even after reading the first article. Anyway after pausing my mind it became obvious it is about flying (like with arms as wings) and arms instead of legs. Understood now why it is a classic bad joke.

  5. Pablo de Boer says:

    Hola aloha señor James,

    Muchas gracias for sharing LIVE your presentation @ the Open Mind Conference in Denmark yesterday and even for only 0,00 bitcoins / bucks. Maybe you can become a financial adviser for señorita Sibel @ her webinairs, but ask first CR member “mik” if you are entitled 🙂 🙂 just kidding amigo James. Tomorrow I will voluntarily donate you some digital currency with bitcoin. And as you also said yesterday, not all blockchain currency are like bitcoin.

    Your presentation yesterday on WW I @ the Open Mind Conference was for my person very mind expanding and with some typical señor James eye openers. It is always a pleasure for me when you voluntarily give us an insight of your knowledge and wisdom. When you señor James share the results of the interactions of your brain-cells with other senses of yours on what is happening in our world, this always leads for me to an euphoria in my brains and stimulates my common senses. When your person shares your thoughts with us, for my person it feels like having a seventh sense. Also how your answered the questions of the audience were brilliant with a typical señor James touch.. Yesterday my own brain cells were dancing Salsa and Bachata at once due to your excellent independent work señor James.

    Keep on going estimado amigo James y denuevo muchas gracias por compartir tus pensamientos,

    Cuando alguien desea algo debe saber que corre riesgos y por eso la vida vale la pena.
    — Paulo Coelho —

    Pablo de Boer

  6. mkey says:

    I’d like to point out that any and all of these alternative sites hold the potential to become the next youtube in terms of censorship. Even if all of the site operators had the best intentions there’s no telling what kind of pressure could be exerted upon them to relinquish the control of their respective platform.

    • Mark44 says:

      You beat me to the punch mkey! 🙂
      Let’s not forget that Youtube was independent at one time and then Gobbled up by Google.

      Any of these alternatives that James and others are mentioning, once successful/big enough will become attractive to the Googles/MS’s/FB’s of this planet.

      How many of the alternatives will be able to resist their ‘apples’? 🙂

      • wingsuitfreak says:

        Of course they will be swallowed up, but that just opens the market again for another platform. In time, one will emerge that can resist the powers that cower from freedom.

        • Pablo de Boer says:

          Exactly amigo Jim and we have to continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty, thus never ever give up. Or otherwise you become a sheeple people who serves obediently his masters.

  7. anechols says:

    I would suggest that you put the links to these video sites into the video description of the video you put up on youtube. This way people who view the video on youtube can easily get directly to the solutions you are steering them towards.

  8. EYEisBloke says:

    I’ve been meaning to make the move from gmail for ages so this was a timely reminder.

    Can anyone recommend a way of setting up automatic uploads / posts to more than one platform?

    I’m on minds and bit chute but i’m trying to grow an audience for my videos and realistically much as I’d like to boycott youtube it’s the best option at the minute…:-(

  9. Palmer Harsanyi says:

    Thanks for your talk in Copenhagen! Nice to have had the opportunity to shake hands with you and thank you for your giants amount of work, for the benefit of humanity.

    Re. the topic at hand: What I always upload is from TV, so copyrighted evey single time, but I have been on YouTube since 2011 (and still going strong) and then earlier this year for the first time, the danish TV stations has slowly started clamping down on clips I have uploaded due to copyright. Because of this, I have begin to upload clips as well to Minds.com Vid.me and Dailymotion.com, which resulted in also clamping down clips I have uploaded to these places. In this regard, Minds.com has been the worst experience. They have completely shut down my channel, while Dailymotion.com and Vid.me have only removed the videos that have received copyright claims (which was only from TV2 and not DR, which are two of the major TV networks in Denmark). So, based on my experience, Minds.com are actually worse then YouTube or Vid.me or Dailymotion. I could not do anything on Minds.com, could login anymore and the last e-mail I have sent them about them removing my page and how come, the same content can still be up /online on vid.me and Dailymotion? I have not got any replies back from the support team on my last e-mail. This has been about 2 weeks ago. When I now check my page on Minds.com it is back up! Which is really surprising, since it has been down since July and when I visited the page, it said no user with this username exists (and also when I tried to logon, I couldn’t. It seems they have acknowledged that they may have overreacted a bit to much or maybe, there was an error in their system.

    I have also created an account on BitChute, and have since than (March) not been able to upload anything. I try every couple months. Everything “bounces” and doesn’t get uploaded. Absolutely no e-mails back from support when asking why this is happening.

    My channels, mentioned:
    https://youtube.com/PHarsanyi
    https://bitchute.com/channel/sandheden
    http://dailymotion.com/sandheden
    https://minds.com/sandheden
    https://vid.me/sandheden

  10. Captain Ned Blakely says:

    Hi James,
    There is a new product soon to be released called Steemir, that is a Chrome extension, that automatically posts your YouTube videos on Steemit.com, so you can earn money on the Steemit block chain. It also will work with BitChute so you can earn money on Steemit.com with those videos also.
    You can find more info on this at steemir.com.
    Some future features will be to also allow some of the other sites that you mentioned.

    Also, a slight correction on DTube videos, as they are not on the Steem block chain, the link to the video is; the actual video is stored on something similar to a torrent, called IPFS. IPFS is different in that it also allows for getting away from even needing domain names to identify websites, so in some ways is better than torrents, and in some ways, not as good, because it does require IPFS gateways that can’t currently run in the browser, like BitChute does.

    The website is Steemir.com and a demo video (yes, YouTube!), is on the website.
    Thanks!

  11. PeaceFroggs says:

    Here’s my solution… (ph)uck, it’s YouTube, Haha, Ah well, where’s my kilt?

    • PeaceFroggs says:

      A little play on words…

      kinda like how Paul Joseph Watson uses “Prison Planet” to describe the current technocracy that seeks to enslave mankind, and kilt wearing William Wallace seeking Scottish Independence from the English King, and to tie it all together with Bon Scott’s “Jail Break” song, I believe this struggle to free ourselves has existed, at least in this world, since time eternal.

  12. generalbottlewasher says:

    Seems to me there is some paradox in keeping third party eavesdroppers out of a two party dialog and the fear of prosecutions of the thought police. Can’t say what that is exactly but there is an uneasy feeling stirring around. The complete lack of expertise in this area is unsettling and the shear volunm of unknowns is taxing and marginalizing to mind and psyche. Left behind, left out and vulnerable to some unrealized as yet to be determined need. In running away from this will I just be running into that which Im trying to avoid. It must be too unrealistic to just push the play button and let ..IT.. just flow over you like the warmth of the anesthesiologist before surgery. Big issues need comprehensive approach. Maybe competition will be a good thing without adding more layers of confusion that exist for the illiterates of internet technologies. I have seen the most thought provoking ideas from the least complete among us. There are other barriers that need removing besides censorship,the fewer the better. If one thing I have gained understanding from Senior James is decentralization and diversity. If only i could apply the anti-statist hierarchy in the correct use of this Android 4G (POS) USCellular ipad
    and learn how to use Bit-Chute. Push play and relax…

    • Mark44 says:

      Couldn’t agree with you more.
      It’s one thing to abandon a known evil enterprise (Youtube).

      It’s another, to adopt an upstart alternative, willy-nilly, that has no track record nor long-term game plan nor fine print that doesn’t sell your soul.
      Just a wing and a prayer, a promise and a hard disk that ain’t worth the electrons that reside on it.

  13. doublek321 says:

    If anyone is looking for an idea to build, how about creating a site that you post a video to and it posts your video to all the various sites that you like (maybe you check a checkbox for each site you want your video posted to).

    I guess you’d need an account on all those sites but maybe that would be a feature as well. If you selected 8 sites, you’d enter a username and it would check to see if it was available on all 8 sites (and if available, it would then create that account for you on all those sites).

    • hammy says:

      (laughing) The link you provide for dtube.vid times out for me, so I can’t even take a peek with firefox to even put a bookmark there… If one is on a PC, it might as well be a MYTH…

  14. hammy says:

    Ok, so… Of the sites you mentioned, “Dtube.com” goes to a bicycle shop and duckduckgo search gives me results of people asking, “Is it just me or is yours down, too…” Mind.com smells like InQtel due to the submissions by NASA and the slick parallel with youtube as if it’s controlled opposition, and unfavorable content buffering even though my signal is 5/5, vidme is connected to Google as well, and yours.com is a smattering of singles when people need to be able to choose a channel…I can’t imagine why one would not create content for one’s own site, use other platforms to funnel to your site, and keep a lifeline with some other that you’re hoping for just in case the hammer falls… You’re doing well, and I don’t know why you would risk hiding yourself in the weeds somewhere when you’re on a roll… Bitchute played your video beautifully and seems to be reliable… By the by, I’m having fun with this tour of unfamiliar places… Dtube.org took me to a blank page… LOL!
    This is chaos…

  15. sjb says:

    I’m an old hippie traveller who has been on the move for the last 6 years, I’m & never in one place very long. Things can get difficult with no permanent internet but it is possible.

    I do not use Giggle or Bookface or any m/s products.

    I bought an Acer netbook in Montevideo in 2016, I bought it because it did not have Microsoft preinstalled! It had a version of Linux installed. I’m currently using Ubuntu (not always painfree).

    Recently in Europe I was unable to watch any utube videos unless I subscribed to Giggle. All the videos were covered with a giggle message while they were playing demanding I register. I could listen but not watch.

    I got around giggle’s blackout by copying the links into “Open network stream” media part of VLC & removing the “s” from “https” they all played perfectly. I found this info in a search using duckduck go my preferred search engine.

    BTW I noticed both Al Jazeera & Rt had been taken down from Sky pay TV in UK.

    I’m now back in Ecuador where I can watch any utube stuff without problems but I would rather not use them at all. I notice quite a few of my favorite sites now put videos up on Bitchute it is great.
    When Utube is the only option I often use “Video Downloadhelper” from Mozilla & save videos for later. Or just “save link as”.

    I do appreciate that you James, offer smaller download sizes & even MP3 instead of MP4 for those of us with limited internet. Video DownloadHelper does offer this too.

    I have disabled most of giggle apps, except the keyboard, from my first ever “clever” phone. It is a Yezz Chinese brand (US$90 in Ecuador), it is similar to a Samsung, even has same charger I found when a Samsung user I met in Spain had lost their charger & tried mine.

    Here in the wet jungle where there is no internet I use the phone to tether internet signal to the netbook. With a pay as you go sim from Movistar for $3 a week I have 200MB, 20 sms & 20 local mins.

    I also have a Nokia C2 (bought in Costa Rica in 2013) which picks up signal better than any clever phone everywhere, but is just a bit slow for tethering. Both phones are of course open so I can put different sims in.

    I download emails so I can read/respond offline. I use a private company from Australia iig.com.au, it costs AU$120 a year. I download emails to Thunderbird. This way I can also write a few then send later.

    Sending emails was tricky for many years when travelling as one needs to know the smtp address of which ever browser(?) one is using. I have got around this problem by using an American company smpt2go who send all my emails. When renewing my subscription (it used to cost but now is free for low volumes) I asked jokingly if the emails went via NSA but received no reply to my question so probably they do but that can’t be avoided I suppose. I also have a 2nd Zoho account which can be used online.

    If I wish to send an email to a gmail account the account owner has to write to me first so I am in their address book otherwise all my emails go to their junk. I believe it’s the same with other free mail accounts like yahee & hottie.

    It is possible to stop using the giants, I mainly do it to prove it can be done. I am not, now nor ever will be, a sheep!!

    Thanks for all the great work you do James.

    Cheers Sandie

  16. Mr.Mike7704 says:

    I am a huge fan of D-Tube. I like the fact that it is on the $teemit.com block chain & I get paid for doing what I already do with out a centralized controle structure. $teem is readily fonvertable into BitCoin. James…please work on growing your presence on $teemit.com & D-Tube.

  17. NES says:

    Bitchute! Although, I’ve not tried others. Bitchute is somewhat all over the place right now but it’s new and getting settled.

    I’ve not used Youtube since they drafted their Draconian policies. I think that’s been three years AND asked others not to use it as well. At that time I received some VERY not nice responses to the idea of leaving YouTube. Didn’t matter, I refused to go there for any reason. FB? Same thing. I’ll search the net to locate videos that are not posted on YouTube should I need to watch a certain piece of information. So happy to see others are catching on, FINALLY! And happy to see you, James, giving the exodus support.

  18. jakester says:

    Mixed emotions here, if not for you tube – I would have never heard of James Corbett, Sibel Edmonds, Niels Harrit, Kevin Ryan……and many more…peace…:0

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