Rumble online video platform slammed the Globe and Mail on Wednesday, accusing the old outlet of supporting public censorship run by corporate media after a Globe reporter asked them why they didn’t block or limit Russian content like other sites .
“The Globe and Mail demands to know why we are not dutifully copying YouTube censorship. It is now common for us to receive pressure from journalists demanding that we censor more,” Rumble wrote.
Rumble posted two emails on Twitter showing questions sent to them by Globe reporter Joe Castaldo earlier this week. Castaldo had asked for comment on why the platform did not limit or block content from Russian broadcasters, while other sites like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter were quick to censor Russia Today (RT) shortly. after Russia invaded Ukraine.
The first email reads: “YouTube has announced a policy to ban content that denies, minimizes or trivializes well-documented violent events related to Russia’s war in Ukraine.” Castaldo went on to ask, “(d) Does Rumble have a plan to adopt similar policies to Youtube for dealing with such content?”
In the following email, Castaldo mentioned two sources accusing Rumble of spreading “Kremlin lies and propaganda” and who said their business model relies on “fringe groups who spread conspiracy theories and disinformation under the pretext of freedom of expression”.
He later wrote that he could provide examples of prominent creators such as Stew Peters and Alex Jones having produced videos “reflecting Russian government propaganda”.
Rumble responded with a scathing remark about corporate media and big tech conglomerates advocating public censorship.
“There is a reason the public has turned dramatically against both corporate media (such as your outlet) and Big Tech: because you have arrogantly claimed the power to decide for the public what information they can and cannot be trusted to hear and what opinions they can and cannot express,” the platform tweeted.
Rumble then went on to say, “(b)y stark contrast, the reason Rumble is growing so quickly is because we trust adults to make decisions for themselves about what ideas they can express, and we trust them to form their own opinion after hearing all sides.
Freelance journalist Glenn Greenwald responded at office.
“It cannot be overemphasized: (a) how surreal and dangerous it is that the leaders of the campaign for greater censorship are ‘journalists’ (i.e. employees of major media corporations) and (b) how vital it is for free speech platforms to resist this compulsion to censor.
MPs on the House of Commons heritage committee voted on February 28 to demand that the Canadian Radio-Television Commission (CRTC) prevent “state-controlled broadcasters” from broadcasting in Canada.
The motion, which was moved by Liberal MP Yvan Baker, called on Cabinet to “issue an order of general application directing the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to adopt a new broadcasting policy that would eliminate broadcasters controlled by the state that broadcast disinformation and propaganda from the CRTC’s list of non-Canadian programming services and stations authorized for distribution, thereby removing Russia Today from the Canadian airwaves.
Rumble’s founder and CEO is Chris Pavlovski, a Canadian who now runs the company from Florida, USA.