Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has announced that he will largely stop posting content on YouTube in a step toward his ultimate goal to eventually ditch Big Tech completely.
The lawmaker explained that he will still post some videos on YouTube, but only material that criticizes the platform or announces that people can view his content on another platform called Rumble.
“So today, I announce that I will begin an exodus from Big Tech. I will no longer post videos on YouTube unless it is to criticize them or announce that viewers can see my content on rumble.com,” the senator noted in a recent opinion piece. “Why begin with YouTube? Because they’re the worst censors.”
Paul is speaking out against censorship on Big Tech platforms and saying that other people should drop the platforms as well.
“But just because private censorship of speech is allowable under the law, that doesn’t make that censorship any less despicable or illiberal. Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram are the new town square, and opposing viewpoints are being silenced by the BigTech gatekeepers,” he noted.
“Those of us who believe that truth comes from disputation and that the marketplace of ideas is a prerequisite for innovation should shun the close-minded censors of Big Tech and take our ideas elsewhere,” he declared. “About half of the public leans right. If we all took our messaging to outlets of free exchange, we could cripple Big Tech in a heartbeat. So, today I take my first step toward denying my content to Big Tech. Hopefully, other liberty lovers will follow.”
“My goal is to eventually quit Big Tech entirely. I’ve created a news aggregator site, libertytree.com that brings together writers and news in defense of small government and expansive personal liberty,” Paul said in the piece. “Competition is the answer. So, to complainers about Big Tech censorship, just quit!”