What Is BitCHUTE?
BitCHUTE was launched on January 3, 2017, and 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.
What Is BitCHUTE?
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 are BitTorrent and Peer-to-peer? I will explain what both of these 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?
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. 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.
What Is BitTorrent?
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. Peers download files, and people seeders upload files back to the network. It is a good practice to seed after you finish downloading something. 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.
BitTorrent Is Used to Download Free Videos and Games Right?
BitTorrent has a bad reputation for being the pirates 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.
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 Linux Distributions with BitTorrent, and some open source software can be downloaded this way as well. You can download GIMP and LibreOffice with BitTorrent.
How does BitCHUTE use BitTorrent? The website uses a web-based BitTorrent client.
Have You Used a BitTorrent Client Before?
How BitCHUTE Uses WebTorrent to Host Videos
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 users create channels and upload videos to the website.
- These users become peers for people to download from.
- People download and watch videos they like.
- These people become peers for other people.
Using WebTorrent creates a file sharing effect and BitCHUTE runs on this. There are no central servers, and the files come from other users.
Why Would People Want an Alternative to YouTube?
Recent policy changes made by Google are making it harder for content creators to make money from YouTube. Google is censoring certain types of videos and channels on YouTube, and these content creators are seeking out alternatives. YouTube is trying to appease advertisers because they are pulling ads and YouTube needs advertisers to make money. BitCHUTE and its creators claim they are the option for people looking for alternatives.
So Why Use BitCHUTE?
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 sounds like it might be a bit extreme and I can only imagine what things may get uploaded because of it. BitCHUTE will by default shows videos that the team claims would be safe for 13-year-olds, so I guess it won't be too bad. 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.
BitCHUTE does not currently have a way to earn money from uploading videos, but the team promises this is coming in the future. They claim the options they provide will be better and nowhere as restrictive as advertising.
How Is the website?
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 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.
But Will BitCHUTE Be the Next Big Thing?
I have no idea to be honest if BitCHUTE will ever become popular or not and I can not make a call like this. 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. 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.
Does the Average User Really Want a Website Without Censorship?
Sure people with strong opinions and their followers will love a website like this but what about the average user and is this really what people want? Just a glance from the homepage and I already saw multiple videos on subjects that were radical and argumentative. 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. 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.
BitCHUTE claims to want to avoid censorship, but will it really allow the very extremely content like videos from terrorists to be uploaded? Potentially having dangerous videos uploaded is the big issue with no censorship. If you truly block nothing, you risk grossing out and scaring normal people away, and I have no idea how BitCHUTE will deal with this issue.
Would You Try Using BitCHUTE?
I think BitCHUTE has a chance to be popular as long as people can filter out the content they don't want to see, and popular content creators upload videos. Click here to read the BitCHUTE FAQ, and learn more about the website.
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