Frequently Asked Questions
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A recording of this FAQ is available here.
How did this idea come about?
Throughout 2015 and 2016 several prominent YouTubers reported a loss of video monetization when covering certain topics or for having particular opinions. YouTube claimed this was due to tighter enforcement of existing rules, even if true this will restrict the type of content that gets made and is a form of censorship.
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. *More on the monetization to come soon.
Rather than needing massive data centers with humongous bandwidth costs, torrents depend on many people sharing videos from their home computers. While this has been possible for many years through bit torrent, bit torrent applications have steep learning curves; this site aims to make the torrent experience seamless by working entirely in the web browser.
The Revolution Will Not Be YouTubed – The Corbett Report, March 2015
Youtube Responded, But It Gets Even More Confusing… – Philip DeFranco, September 2016
Making Sense Of YouTube’s Great Demonetization Controversy Of 2016 – Forbes, September 2016
YouTube removes influential conservative website’s channel – Fox News Tech, January 2017
How is this torrent greatness even possible?
BitChute is powered by WebTorrent. WebTorrent is an independent project started by Feross Aboukhadijeh in October 2013 and is the first torrent client that works in the browser. YEP, THAT’S RIGHT. THE BROWSER.
I cannot overstate the importance of WebTorrent. The Internet is full of centralized monsters and WebTorrent is the magical sword we will use to slay them.
You can find out more about WebTorrent here: https://webtorrent.io/faq.
Can I host a torrent on my site?
Yes, the more the better. Otherwise, this project is just another YouTube wannabe. We will eventually have tools and tutorials to assist and encourage this. Torrents take on a life of their own and can operate independently of any web site that indexes them. Your website can be another index as we work towards a decentralized Internet.
Is the bit in BitChute because of BitCoin?
Not really, we will probably integrate the blockchain and bitcoin in some way but the ‘Bit’ is in honour of BitTorrent. Unlike Youtube this is a p2p network, you can host content as well as watch. I do plan to make a video to explain this a lot better.
Where can I get a channel and upload a video?
This site is still under development. Channel access has been given to some early sign-ups but general access is not yet available. We’ll update you as soon as this changes. In the meantime, you can still browse, like, comment and subscribe to existing channels.
This site is still under development.
I took out the list because it was generating more email questions than we have time to answer right now.
Feature wise we are trying to create a comparable experience to YouTube.
Do I need a special browser to use this?
Right now this will work in Firefox and Chrome. Apple Safari is expected to work later this year when they complete adding WebRTC, MS Edge is currently unsupported.
How many users does this site have anyway?
We currently have 8215 registered users. Please do add one more here.
- December 23rd 2016: 1
- January 11th 2017: 100
- January 15th 2017: 1000
Apollo Slater for the chats about creating such a site and design input. Apollo is currently working on a monetisation platform which will be integrated here.