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Type of site
|Video hosting service|
|Headquarters||Gravesend, Kent, England, United Kingdom|
|Created by||Ray Vahey|
|Alexa rank||7,505 (March 2019[update])|
|Launched||January 3, 2017|
The company was founded by Ray Vahey. He described it as a way to avoid censorship and "demonetization" by established services like YouTube. Posted on January 3, 2017, "This is the first video on #BitChute" was the first sample video and test of the uploading process featuring a woman using a tablet. In September 2017, far-right YouTuber Lauren Southern said she was considering switching to the site in response to YouTube's demonetization of political videos. Southern has automatically mirrored her YouTube channel on BitChute since March 23, 2017. In November 2018, BitChute was banned from PayPal along with Alex Jones, the Proud Boys, and anti-fascist groups. In January 2019, BitChute announced in a post on Gab that they would move their domains over to Epik.com.
The BitChute website acts as a front end and portal for WebTorrent. When users upload a video it is converted to a WebTorrent and given a page on BitChute's website.
There has been conflict between YouTube and content creators over the content of some videos uploaded. The company responded in some cases by banning creators, blocking their videos or through channel "demonetization". As a response, some popular creators have started BitChute channels. These include Dave Cullen (Computing Forever) and various right-wing channels. The Southern Poverty Law Center has called BitChute a "low-rent YouTube clone that carries an array of hate-fueled material".