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Last month I’d announced that I was adding a new Video section to this website, with a central motivation being the increasingly harsh ideological censorship that YouTube was beginning to impose upon its content, as had been originally announced last Fall.

During the last few weeks, this regime of YouTube censorship has indeed intensified. A few days ago we ran an article by Sayed Hasan recounting YouTube’s sudden termination of his five-year-old video channel that had contained hundreds of videos served many millions of views. His content had sharply criticized Zionism and imperialism and strongly defended the rights of the Palestinians, presumably leading the ADL to demand its liquidation:

http://www.unz.com/article/kafka-2-0-how-youtubes-political-censorship-is-exercised/

Not long afterward, Colin Flaherty’s YouTube channel focused on black crime issues was also summarily vaporized, casting into limbo the 1100-odd videos that had attracted nearly 25 million views. This was actually the second time that his channel had been eliminated by YouTube.

Since I only chanced to learn of these particular bannings, I’m sure that many, many other channels have also fallen to the censors, not to mention numerous individual videos of channels not yet completely banned. For example, RamZPaul’s video on Donald Trump’s controversial Haiti remarks was temporarily blocked by YouTube for allegedly having “misleading tags” (his tags being “Trump” and “Haiti”):

Fortunately, I’m now pleased to announce that I’ve completed and released the remaining components of my new video system aimed at helping to circumvent such YouTube censorship.

It is important to realize that YouTube’s near-monopoly on the distribution of video content is actually far less secure than might seem to be the case. A crucial fact is that the technology for hosting and serving videos has become a simple commodity these days, and although YouTube stands as the overwhelmingly dominant player, the same video files can be uploaded to any one of a number of different YouTube competitors including Vimeo, DailyMotion, and Bitchute, or even merely hosted on an individual server as simple .mp4 files. Aside from its gigantic scale and established dominance, YouTube’s main competitive advantage seems to be the convenient and attractive interface it provides for displaying the hundreds or thousands of videos that constitute a sizeable channel.

However, I have now built a video display interface that I believe is at least as nice as YouTube’s, and currently provides convenient access access to over 250,000 videos.

http://www.unz.com/video/

Although the overwhelmingly majority of these videos are drawn from a couple of dozen popular YouTube channels, this system can equally well handle videos from those various YouTube competitors, or additional hosting platform as the need arises. Therefore, whenever YouTube bans or censors a particular video, that video may easily be uploaded to a different host, with almost no noticeable changes to users.

Furthermore, under this system a flag will be set indicating that the particular video was banned or censored by YouTube, generating a red warning header to that effect. Such a label will help users avert their eyes from informational content that YouTube and the ADL do not wish them to see, or perhaps contrariwise draw them to the juiciest videos on a channel.

During the middle decades of the 20th century, it is said that authors were often very pleased when they could announce that their books had been “banned in Boston,” and perhaps the label “Banned by YouTube” may soon begin serving a similar purpose today.

As an example of how this works, Jared Taylor’s 2014 video entitled “Race Differences in Intelligence” has been blocked on his own YouTube channel, but the Bitchute version is fully available here:

http://www.unz.com/video/americanrenaissance_race-differences-in-intelligence/

Moreover, when an entire channel has been deleted by YouTube, all the videos can easily be uploaded elsewhere, and the channel fully resurrected. Hasan has now begun uploading his hundreds of vanished YouTube videos to a different hosting site, allowing the full resurrection of his channel here:

http://www.unz.com/video/channel/sayedhasan/

Banned channels are so labeled, and I’ve also now added a separate section listing all the individually censored or banned videos in my system:

http://www.unz.com/video/censored/all/

Although I’ve actually been far too busy with my software work to actually watch almost any of these 250,000 videos I’m providing, whether censored or not, users are encouraged to do so themselves, and then decide whether the ones censored are actually so much criminal and offensive in their content than the tens of millions of videos that YouTube would never consider blocking, let alone what regularly appears on network television.

 

Otherwise, I should mention that I’ve now added a couple of new features partly related to helping users organize this enormous volume of videos and channels.

The main video page displays the the dozens of current channels in the system, as well as the most recent video of each, as ordered by the date of that latest video. However, given the large and growing number of these channels, users are now provided the ability to permanently “pin” their favorite channels to the top. If they move their mouse over the channel heading, a golden “Pin” button appears, and clicking it pins that channel to the top of the list, with a “Pinned” marker. Clicking that marker unpins the channel.

Similarly, on any other video page, moving your mouse over the control bar near the top and holding it there for a second or two, the same golden “Pin” button appears, allowing a channel to be pinned from these locations as well. All these pinned channels are saved in a permanent cookie.

This same technology has also been applied to allowing the convenient customization of the large number of columnists on the Home page, given that individual users surely find some of them more interesting than others. If users position their mouse over a columnist header and holds it there for a second or two, the same sort of golden “Pin” button appears, and clicking it permanently pins that columnist to the top of the columnist listing. Multiple different columnists may be pinned in this same manner, and among pinned columnist, their positions may be set by using the mouse to drag-and-drop them. Although this rearrangement of columnist ordering must be performed on the Home page, the results carry forward to the sidebars of every other website page as well.

 
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  1. FKA Max says:

    Absolutely amazing!

    Thank you very much!

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  2. I have had strikes from youtube, and looked for alternatives.
    You mention 3 alternatives
    dailymotion is as strict as YouTube or worse for censorship (hosted in France)
    Vimeo is technically good, but will not promote a video that is against our politically correct alternative view. Typically a video getting more than a 1,000 views on YouTube may get 40 views on Vimeo unless they promote it.
    Bitchute does not allow the video maker any control over the comments, so a video I made challenging gender issues was given a comment saying most of my viewers are gay and I could not remove it.
    Youtube’s censorship is horrific but YouTube videos get an audience and comments and a debate happening.
    There are other alternative sites run by flatearthers

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    E.T. Williams alias Doctor of Common Sense had uploaded some of his videos on Pewtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7UMK-8V32M and still have his website at http://commonsensenation.net
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  3. However, if I search for Colin Flaherty’s channel all that comes up are videos that I cannot watch because YouTube says they are unavailable.

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  4. Polymath says:

    Anyone who has his videos hosted on YouTube without saving backup copies privately is a moron.

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    • Replies: @lavoisier

    Anyone who has his videos hosted on YouTube without saving backup copies privately is a moron.
     
    Or just someone who sincerely believed, perhaps naively, that we live in a society that values free speech.
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  5. Excellent!!! Thanks for all you do.

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  6. My channel, Demography is Destiny, (which had just passed 10k subscribers) was deleted by YT at the beginning of the year, and I was forbidden from “accessing, possessing, or creating” another channel — in effect, given a lifetime ban.

    This was done independently of the ’3 strikes’ system. Instead I was given a vague reason that I had violated their Community Guidelines prohibiting “spam, scams and commercially deceptive content.” My appeal and request for more information received a one line response which simply restated their decision.

    While the videos have been reuploaded by various third parties, the deletion of the original videos means they no longer show up in the top search results.

    The videos are available for download here: https://mega.nz/#F!xahgRCZD!efEVUpFfPn6JjDKQDtQE6A

    A fan-created mirror channel is here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqw5slcerhEHL262yforI9Q

    If you could please host these videos in your archive, I would appreciate it.

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  7. Rich says:

    This is why Ron Unz is a national hero. Thanks for standing against censorship in the old fashioned American style.

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  8. MarkinLA says:

    I have never believed that internet advertising was especially valuable and certainly don’t believe the never ending growth in Google’s revenues. I think a lot of their revenue is from the government, especially the NSA. Since they own You-Tube and probably used some taxpayer money to buy it (even a stock swap uses some money), is there a First Amendment case to be made?

    It might be interesting if Google is forced to admit how much government money they get.

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  9. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    The World is Plat. Those who control the platforms control the world.

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  10. Jake says:

    Ron Unz: a true hero of free speech.

    Globalist corporations: increasingly revealed as what Hitler and his economic advisors dreamed of in terms of centralized state/corporate cooperation in order to force the masses to go along silently.

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    • Replies: @SolontoCroesus
    get lost with the reductio ad Hitlerum, Jake.

    If the man did 1% of what he's accused of having done, he'd have to have lived longer than Benzion Netanyahu and Bibi Netanyahu + Methuselah combined.

    Thanks for this valuable rescue and defense of free speech, Ron Unz.
    May your name live longer than Hitler.
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  11. Thank you, Mr. Unz, for fighting the good fight against censorship. I recommend the Unz Review to anyone I can. It’s one of the better ways to find information and opinions, from the “left” and the “right’, of which the establishment and its media lackeys prefers no one be aware.

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  12. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    Thank you very much Mr. Unz!

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  13. DaveOKC says:

    This is great! Please add anything related to Pat Buchanan. And BTS mic drop, of course.

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  14. lavoisier says: • Website

    Thank you Ron Unz for being a leader in the fight against suppression of free speech.

    You are a truly a revolutionary figure today and a very courageous and honorable man.

    To hell with the book burners!

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  15. lavoisier says: • Website
    @Polymath
    Anyone who has his videos hosted on YouTube without saving backup copies privately is a moron.

    Anyone who has his videos hosted on YouTube without saving backup copies privately is a moron.

    Or just someone who sincerely believed, perhaps naively, that we live in a society that values free speech.

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  16. Way to go, Ron. This was funny:

    ” blocked by YouTube for allegedly having “misleading tags” (his tags being “Trump” and “Haiti”):”

    Maybe it was blocked because tagging a video ‘Trump’ should mean that it’s an anti-Trump video.

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  17. eah says:

    As you know, at the request of certain nations, eg Germany and France, sites like Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, etc block content for users inside those domains — some kind of proxy-like function here to get around that for any particular/affected content that you do not host would also be useful.

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  18. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Thanks! This is really one of the best sites on the internet, and I appreciate hearing news of your further innovations. If civilization survives, and historians exist in 300 years, some will write on you.

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  19. Gg Mo says:

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmucEgqc44VcgWHLI3mWTQg

    Alison Chabloz

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqySDfPcmKYq6oUeC03y57A

    Vanessa Beeley in Syria

    Inner City Press @ The UN
    So many more on the chopping block….

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0KGCogY484CT2lMMD3zq9g

    Marine1063 : on the ground in E.Ukraine

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBX_GZhfY4UViufT-7ZyaHQ

    At the UN also: Secundus Silent
    etc etc etc
    Spiritual Medicine ? Gregory Decapolite :

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEmEaTVBP4Aek4VvNv6ktPA/videos

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  20. KyGrifter says:

    We are learning things we aren’t supposed to know.

    Strange times when the truth about race, IQ, Zionists, immigration and crime is verboten.

    Planning to donate $50. Just looking for the link now…

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  21. There is a site called hooktube that serves youtube videos using the same URL with “you” substituted by “hook”. It bypasses YT setting videos to private mode, and country checks, but I don’t think it actually hosts videos itself.

    “Mirroring” the URL is quite a useful feature – if a link lands you on a censored YT video, you can just edit the host part of the url.

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  22. This is great! The internet seems to be moving the same way as the media – a few leviathan companies owning everything. In some isolated cases, diversity is a good thing!! Thank you, and good luck!

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  23. I have a video on my channel reviewing a movie entitled Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love, which was banned in both India and Pakistan. It by far has the most watch page views on my channel, 277,296 compared to the next highest page views video at 35,925.

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  24. Thanks to Ron Unz for helping to save banished videos. I hear that there is something called “DTube” on “Steemit” that is also relevant.

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  25. roo_ster says:

    What a nifty interface. I think ron ought to commoditize his comment system. By far the best of its kind. Not sure yet about the videos, give a some time to poke around.

    Oh, and kudos to ron for providing breathing space for non mainstream views. Half or more of his columnists give me the hives, but this would be a poorer nation were they completely run off the public stage.

    In the ron vs youtube or ron vs the censors fight i will bet on ron. Every day of the week and twice on sundays.

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  26. Olorin says:

    Magnificent effort and accomplishment so far. You are setting the standard for others, while also making more of a difference than you will ever know. Thanks and kudos to you and your entire team.

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  27. Hrw-500 says:
    @Victim of censorship
    I have had strikes from youtube, and looked for alternatives.
    You mention 3 alternatives
    dailymotion is as strict as YouTube or worse for censorship (hosted in France)
    Vimeo is technically good, but will not promote a video that is against our politically correct alternative view. Typically a video getting more than a 1,000 views on YouTube may get 40 views on Vimeo unless they promote it.
    Bitchute does not allow the video maker any control over the comments, so a video I made challenging gender issues was given a comment saying most of my viewers are gay and I could not remove it.
    Youtube's censorship is horrific but YouTube videos get an audience and comments and a debate happening.
    There are other alternative sites run by flatearthers

    E.T. Williams alias Doctor of Common Sense had uploaded some of his videos on Pewtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7UMK-8V32M and still have his website at http://commonsensenation.net

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  28. Yeti says:

    Great work, just one question that begs to be answered:

    Young Turks?

    Why would anyone bother preserving that dog shite?

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  29. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Recently, by which I mean in the past week or so, I’ve noticed that perhaps half of my comments simply disappear. I’d say around 80-90% of my comments in that period (1-2/day) are on iSteve. I just reposted a comment as a test, and I made sure to press Publish, but my comment did not even show up as awaiting moderation. Usually when I hit “Publish Comment”, I can see the comment in the comment section immediately, with the notice that it has not yet been moderated. This change is entirely new. I don’t think I have made any browser changes, and I don’t know that I have ever had a comment actually rejected (even if a few might have been dumb, in retrospect).

    The only thing that I have been doing slightly differently in the past week or two is entering different random email addresses into the email box (stuff like [email protected]). Is there some spam filter that excludes obviously bogus emails?

    Also: is there some other place where I should post things like this?

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    The only thing that I have been doing slightly differently in the past week or two is entering different random email addresses into the email box (stuff like [email protected]). Is there some spam filter that excludes obviously bogus emails?
     
    One of the rules around here is that if you use an invalid email address, you must use the same address consistently. Otherwise you can use anon or anonymous, but this sometimes leads to confusion when others reply. It is also polite to make clear that the address is invalid by using the domain .invalid as in [email protected].invalid.
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  30. Duncan says:

    Excellent to see this (literally). I read 1984 many, many years ago and I am so grateful that you are working to help keep information free and flowing!

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  31. Hu Mi Yu says:
    @Anonymous
    Recently, by which I mean in the past week or so, I've noticed that perhaps half of my comments simply disappear. I'd say around 80-90% of my comments in that period (1-2/day) are on iSteve. I just reposted a comment as a test, and I made sure to press Publish, but my comment did not even show up as awaiting moderation. Usually when I hit "Publish Comment", I can see the comment in the comment section immediately, with the notice that it has not yet been moderated. This change is entirely new. I don't think I have made any browser changes, and I don't know that I have ever had a comment actually rejected (even if a few might have been dumb, in retrospect).

    The only thing that I have been doing slightly differently in the past week or two is entering different random email addresses into the email box (stuff like [email protected]). Is there some spam filter that excludes obviously bogus emails?

    Also: is there some other place where I should post things like this?

    The only thing that I have been doing slightly differently in the past week or two is entering different random email addresses into the email box (stuff like [email protected]). Is there some spam filter that excludes obviously bogus emails?

    One of the rules around here is that if you use an invalid email address, you must use the same address consistently. Otherwise you can use anon or anonymous, but this sometimes leads to confusion when others reply. It is also polite to make clear that the address is invalid by using the domain .invalid as in [email protected].invalid.

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    OK, thanks, that makes sense. I've been posting as Anonymous for the past half-year or so, and usually sticking with a fixed bogus email and then changing it, but I didn't see problems until I started making an obviously bogus email for every post. I guess that won't work. The quality of the comments here is relatively high compared to just about any other site I regularly read, so I guess I'll continue to try to contribute within the framework offered. I hadn't heard of using the .invalid domain as a clue, so maybe I'll opt for that.
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  32. @Jake
    Ron Unz: a true hero of free speech.

    Globalist corporations: increasingly revealed as what Hitler and his economic advisors dreamed of in terms of centralized state/corporate cooperation in order to force the masses to go along silently.

    get lost with the reductio ad Hitlerum, Jake.

    If the man did 1% of what he’s accused of having done, he’d have to have lived longer than Benzion Netanyahu and Bibi Netanyahu + Methuselah combined.

    Thanks for this valuable rescue and defense of free speech, Ron Unz.
    May your name live longer than Hitler.

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  33. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Hu Mi Yu

    The only thing that I have been doing slightly differently in the past week or two is entering different random email addresses into the email box (stuff like [email protected]). Is there some spam filter that excludes obviously bogus emails?
     
    One of the rules around here is that if you use an invalid email address, you must use the same address consistently. Otherwise you can use anon or anonymous, but this sometimes leads to confusion when others reply. It is also polite to make clear that the address is invalid by using the domain .invalid as in [email protected].invalid.

    OK, thanks, that makes sense. I’ve been posting as Anonymous for the past half-year or so, and usually sticking with a fixed bogus email and then changing it, but I didn’t see problems until I started making an obviously bogus email for every post. I guess that won’t work. The quality of the comments here is relatively high compared to just about any other site I regularly read, so I guess I’ll continue to try to contribute within the framework offered. I hadn’t heard of using the .invalid domain as a clue, so maybe I’ll opt for that.

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  34. Will videos banned by YT for sexual content or IP issues also be hosted on Unz?

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  35. fnn says:

    Hard Bastard exposes the extreme disinfo and just plain lies on TYT. He serves to be here , but Young Turks does not.

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