What Is BitCHUTE?

Updated on June 28, 2019
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BitCHUTE Is a Video Content Website

BitCHUTE was launched on January 3, 2017, and the website hosts user-created videos. What is BitCHUTE and how does it work? This article will explain what the website is and how it works.

The BitCHUTE logo.
The BitCHUTE logo. | Source

How Does BitCHUTE Work?

BitCHUTE Runs on BitTorrent

BitCHUTE uses BitTorrent technology to share videos from users to other users. The website is a YouTube alternative, and the website creators claim the website will be free of censorship and everybody will be able to upload videos.

What Does BitTorrent and Peer-To-Peer Mean?

What are the terms BitTorrent and Peer-to-peer? I will explain what both terms mean and how they help host online videos.

BitCHUTE Founder Quote

“The idea comes from seeing the increased levels of censorship by the large social media platforms in the last couple of years. Bannings, demonetization, and tweaking algorithms to send certain content into obscurity and, wanting to do something about it,”

How Does Peer-To-peer Work?

Peer-To-Peer Is a Network of Users

In Peer-to-peer file sharing everybody who shares, and downloads files acts as nodes. As people download the file from the first person, they share the file with other people, and they create a network with sharers and downloaders.

Files Spread Fast with Peer-To-Peer

Once enough people become nodes there is pretty much no way to stop the file from being shared unless you could somehow turn off everybody at once.

No central server or service is needed to keep things going as just one person needs to be sharing to start with.

An example of a Peer-to-peer network.
An example of a Peer-to-peer network. | Source

What Is BitTorrent?

BitTorrent Is a Popular Way to Share Files Online

The BitTorrent file sharing protocol is one the most popular ways to share files online using Peer-to-peer. People use a BitTorrent client like QBittorrent or Transmission to share and download files.

How BitTorrent Works

Peers download files, and people seeders upload files back to the network. It is a good practice to seed after you finish downloading something.

What Are Lechers in BitTorrent?

People who download files and then immediately stop the Peer-to-peer sharing are called leechers, and this also referred to as a hit-and-run. Leecher can also refer to people who are still downloading a file and not uploading it yet.

An example of a BitTorrent network.
An example of a BitTorrent network. | Source

BitTorrent Is Used to Download Free Videos and Games Right?

Software for Online Pirates?

BitTorrent has a bad reputation for being the pirate’s choice for illegally downloading free videos, games, music, books, and other digital content. For years websites have been up and sharing torrent files that users can download and then share back to others.

BitTorrent Is Neutral

Remember that BitTorrent is just a file sharing protocol and It is up to how people use it to determine if it is for good or bad.

You Can Download Open Source Software with BitTorrent

You can download Linux Distributions with BitTorrent, and some open source software can be downloaded this way as well. You can download GIMP and LibreOffice with BitTorrent.

A screenshot of Transmission. Transmission is a BitTorrent client.
A screenshot of Transmission. Transmission is a BitTorrent client. | Source

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How BitCHUTE Uses WebTorrent to Host Videos

BitCHUTE Uses WebTorrent

BitCHUTE uses a web-based BitTorrent client. WebTorrent is a BitTorrent client that runs in web browsers. If you are curious to learn more about how BitTorrent works read this webpage to learn more.

BitCHUTE Shares Video Files

Using WebTorrent creates a file sharing effect and BitCHUTE runs on this. There are no central servers, and the files come from other users.

Overview of How BitCHUTE Works

  1. BitCHUTE users create channels and upload videos to the website.
  2. These users become peers for people to download from.
  3. People download and watch videos they like.
  4. These people become peers for other people.

Why Would People Want an Alternative to YouTube?

People Are Trying to Avoid Censorship

Google is censoring certain types of videos and channels on YouTube, and these content creators are seeking out alternatives.

BitCHUTE Is Trying to Be an Open Platform

BitCHUTE and its creators claim they are the option for people looking to avoid censorship.

BitCHUTE Will Not Censor Any Videos

The BitCHUTE team claims no censorship of any kind of will happen, and it will be up to the users to filter out what they do not want to see. This policy will give people a safe place to make and post content.

People will not have to worry about their videos being silenced or moderated. Click here to read the BitCHUTE FAQ, and learn more about the website.

Do People Want a Website Without Censorship?

Is BitCHUTE What People Really Want?

Sure, people with strong opinions and their followers will love a website like this but what about the average user and is this what people want?

Radical Videos on BitCHUTE

Just a glance from the homepage and I already saw multiple videos on subjects that were radical and argumentative.

Will BitCHUTE Work Without a Strong Filter System?

Without a strong filter system, I wonder if I would want to use a website like this. BitCHUTE needs to be careful and get that step right as a website without censorship absolutely needs filters.

BitCHUTE Has NSFW and NSFL Videos

The website has not safe for work (NSFW) and not safe for life tags (NSFL) that help here.

NSFW content is usually porn or things of a suggestive nature, and NSFL is where things start to get extreme and can include things like watching other people die or other strongly questionable content.

Can You Make Money with BitCHUTE?

Bitchute Does Not Have Earning System

BitCHUTE does not currently have a way to earn money from uploading videos, but the developer team promises this feature is coming. They claim the options they provide will be better and nowhere as restrictive as advertising.

There Are Options to Make Money

  • Receive cryptocurrency donations.
  • Receive tips from viewers.
  • Use a service like Patron.

What Is the BitCHUTE Website Like?

Website Looks Nice

The website looks nice, and there are plenty of videos to watch. The videos certainly have plenty of strong opinions, but I suppose that happens with no censorship.

The User Content Was Good

The content I did watch seemed nice, and people seem to be trying to make and upload good content.

I watched a few videos, and everything loaded fast and played nicely. I can see myself watching videos on this website if I could filter out things I don't want to see, and I found content I liked.

The BitCHUTE Home Page.
The BitCHUTE Home Page. | Source

Will BitCHUTE Be the Next Big Thing?

I Am Not Sure about BitCHUTE

I have no idea if BitCHUTE will ever become popular or not and I cannot make a call like this.

The Website Will Have a Small Following at Least

I think the website will have a following of some sort even if just a small one. The fairness and openness of the platform will attract certain users, and they will stay, but I can't say if the website will catch on for everybody though.

Growth Depends on How BitCHUTE Improves

It all depends if the developers make the website good looking and easy to use. Another big factor is how BitCHUTE chooses to offer monetization options to content creators.

Would You Try Using BitCHUTE?

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Questions & Answers

  • How do you leave a comment on Bitcute videos?

    There is an area to leave comments at the bottom of videos. To comment you need an account. You can use a bitCHUTE, Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, or Google account. There are many options and you only need to use one.

  • Do You Need to Pay Money to Use BitCHUTE?

    BitCHUTE is free to watch and free to use to share content. You can optionally support your favorite content creators with tips, but this is not required.

  • Where are the options for subtitles on BitCHUTE?

    I looked, and I could not find any options related to subtitles on BitCHUTE. Keep in mind that at the time of this question, BitCHUTE is a very new project, and they are still adding features.

  • Will BitCHUTE Continue to Maintain Growth?

    I wish I can give a direct answer, but as I mentioned in the article, I really don't know.

    If people continue to show interest in the website, there will be growth. If popular content creators make content for the website, there will be more viewers.

    If the website can market itself well, it could become a strong free speech competitor for YouTube.

  • What happens to illegal content uploaded to BitCHUTE?

    The service won't do anything to you but government agencies might.

    According to this post, https://www.reddit.com/r/degoogleyourlife/comments...

    law enforcement may monitor and see the things you post. The Reddit post recommends using a VPN (Virtual Private Network).

© 2018 Eric Farmer

What Do You Think of BitCHUTE?

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    • EricFarmer8x profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Farmer 

      8 months ago from Rockford Illinois

      That is what I saw people from BitCHUTE advise doing so that is what I recommend as well. The platform might not be the best if you purely want to make money.

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      Ultroman the Tacoman 

      8 months ago

      LoL..all of that, and then the article advised the use of Patreon xD

    • EricFarmer8x profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Farmer 

      12 months ago from Rockford Illinois

      I think one of these platforms will gain more popularity. I am not sure what one.

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      Timothy Maher 

      12 months ago

      I LOVE BitChute but at times VERY VERY Frustrating with playback of videos. I think Bit.Tube will evolve to go head to head with YouTube. People are getting fed up with the censorship.

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      Barry G Carpenter 

      13 months ago from Mindanao, Philippines

      Very informative. Thank you.

    • EricFarmer8x profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Farmer 

      13 months ago from Rockford Illinois

      @Norberg Interesting. I must admit I have not be following BitCHUTE that much anymore. I do occasionally watch a video though.

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      13 months ago

      Yes I think its the censorship of some people on youtube that migrate people over to Bitchute. But I have noticed other content starting to pop up on Bitchute. Arts and crafts, and gardening seem to get a lot of views over there.

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      Akeem El 

      14 months ago

      Great Idea!

    • EricFarmer8x profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Farmer 

      18 months ago from Rockford Illinois

      I can't think of any specific risks of getting viruses on BitCHUTE. That being said always be safe online. Be careful of clicking on links people share and even more careful when comes to downloading files from unknown sources.

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      18 months ago

      Is safe from virus.

    • EricFarmer8x profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Farmer 

      2 years ago from Rockford Illinois

      I have noticed that certain types of political commentators are using BitCHUTE. It makes sense as like I mentioned in the article BitCHUTE will not censor them.

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      2 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Globalism is a far left wing extremist idea, and so these international corporations seek to shut down anything to the right of Karl Marx. I'm hoping BitChute has astronomical success!

      I haven't checked it out yet, but I at least know how to use UTorrent, and I used that stuff back in the Limewire days.

      I'm already seeing people on Youtube doing short videos to say, 'hey, the real video is over at BitChute.'


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