There’s Going to Be A Rumble

Back in 1974, at least in the vicinity of Union Grove, Wisconsin, if someone was talking about a rumble, they were talking about the Sturtevant, WI boys going and mixing it up with the Union Grove boys. Things sometimes got a bit rough.

Nowadays, if someone is talking about a rumble, they are talking about Rumble, an alternative video platform created to work around the censorship of YouTube and such. It appears that Rumble is making the narrative gatekeepers a tad nervous.

“Rumble has emerged over the last year as one of the most prominent video sites for right-wing viewers and provocateurs, and it is seeking to bolster its image as a new online home for those who claim they’ve been censored by Big Tech.

The site bans racism and hate speech but has contrasted itself with the Google-owned YouTube by refusing to remove “medical misinformation,” including those casting doubt on vaccines during a pandemic that is surging in many states and has killed more than 4 million people around the world.

Rumble has grown from 1 million active users last summer to roughly 30 million, said the site’s chief executive Chris Pavlovski, a Canadian tech entrepreneur who worked a brief internship at Microsoft and founded a viral-joke website before launching Rumble in 2013. And its traffic has exploded: According to data shared with The Washington Post by the analytics firm Similarweb, visits in the United States to the site grew from about 200,000 in the last week of July 2020 to nearly 19 million last week – a 9,000% increase.”

The above excerpt is from a Washington Post story. The link, below, takes you to the story. It is a Yahoo link, not a Washington Post link.

Rumble, a YouTube rival popular with conservatives, will pay creators who ‘challenge the status quo’

It appears the challenge is being accepted.

Comments |3|

  • Vox Day mentioned this the other day ( ) and I agree with his take. Rumble is the current “platform du jour” and it too in time will fall in with the others. Right before that happens, like easily predicted clockwork, another platform will emerge. The only people that have any real say over anything internet related are the people that own the web, and even they are controlled by somebody else.

    • Ghostsniper, the aspect of this Big Tech internet platform control problem which I do not understand, is, considering the abilities certain hackers have to disrupt and/or infiltrate computer systems, why are there not any hackers who adhere to liberty attacking and/or disrupting the system? Twitter, Facebook, etc. cannot simply be immune to such, or have these Big Tech players bought them (the hackers) off, hired hands, to protect their systems?

      • I’m inclined to believe they are bought off John. And not one lump sum. Some sort of long term arrangement. Frankly, if I had Zuck’s coin and a hacker tried to damage me I’d give someone a couple million to get rid of the problem permanently.

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