7 YouTube Alternatives for Privacy-Aware, Thinking People

By SB •  Updated: 02/28/21 •  7 min read

You have a voice, but why use it on a corporate-controlled video-sharing platform when, by asking a simple question deemed outside their dubious community guidelines, it can render your future essentially cancelled (for questioning the mainstream narrative about… ANYTHING?)?

Goodbye, YouTube (and Facebook and Twitter and Instagram and WhatsApp, for that matter). And Hello to the exercising of your inalienable rights.

1. Lbry.tv

LBRY is a blockchain-based file-sharing and payment network that powers decentralized platforms — my favourite video sharing platform, LBRY.TV, is a peer-to-peer platform for sharing all kinds of media.

From lbry’s FAQs: LBRY is a digital media library at your fingertips. It can store any kind of content and make it available at low cost on demand. In a few years, LBRY may become your one-stop-shop for everything digital, from ebooks to video games to movies. One app to rule them all – but still leaving more power in your hands because it is decentralized by design.

The video-sharing websites built upon LBRY, lbry.tv and Odysee.com, are excellent and superior privacy-respecting alternatives to YouTube.

Lbry.tv is arguably the most free way to watch, share, subscribe to, and support digital content. You can create a secure publishing account protected from the meddling of anyone else — that means not even the lbry platform can block access to or edit your content.

Compared to the fascist policies of youtube (deleting any channels with opinions that counter the prescribed narrative), lbry is a breath of fresh air.

2. Odysee.com

A young yet competent alternative to YouTube, Odysee was built from the lbry protocol, and is your free, open, and community-run digital marketplace:

You own your data. You control the network. Indeed, you are the network. Hollywood films, college lessons, amazing streamers and more are on the first media network ruled by you.

If you value your long-term privacy and free speech, the choice is easy.

Also, if you are a publisher on YouTube and you want to safeguard your videos in the case of a channel deletion, Odysee can sync your videos to their platform if you have at least 300 subscribers.

3. Locals

Founded by Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report, Locals offers publishers a paywall to prevent random trolls from taking over the conversation. Locals is a privately owned platform but you own what you create in your space (aka your community) there. Locals provides a semi-private, relatively safe space for people to congregate and share good conversation in separate communities all hosted on subdomains of locals.com.

Scott Adams, Tulsi Gabbard, and Dave Rubin are a few of the publishers you can support on this new platforms.

When you sign up for free, you can use that one account to access the free content available from each creator, or pay a nominal amount set by each publisher for subscriber-only content. This creates an environment for more meaningful dialog with people who choose to be there, and less worry about random cancel culture karens re-posting something you wrote, out-of-context.

Locals is “your gateway to exploring and supporting independent creators. One account to access all communities.”

A good alternative to YouTube, and growing.

4. Bitchute

Bitchute is not that bad, despite the constant negative press, and many content creators have migrated there or copied their videos from YouTube.

Yes, you can add all new videos directly to BitChute simply by adding your YouTube channel ID in BitChute.

TIP: If you are concerned about arbitrary censorship, or if you simply want to diversify your reach, back up your content to Bitchute and the platforms above that value free speech.

Isn’t Bitchute a Haven for Hate and All That is Evil? Do not be scared away by the fear-mongering propagated by wikipedia and countless biased articles featured by Google, proclaiming that this video-hosting platform cultivates hateful extremists. Sure, anywhere free speech reigns, there will be dissenting viewpoints.

Discussion of Ideas is a Good Thing, Remember? The mark of a healthy society is that it holds as sacred and necessary, a space in which ideas can be offered, discussed, evaluated, and rejected or assimilated, based on evidence and merit and consequences. Not based on feelings.

So, I’m not sure we will have healthy societies in the West for very much longer.

Dabble in some Free Speech for once. Use your discretion and ignore the idiocy. I know, many people haven’t exercised their brain in a while; life is hard.

What If You’re Offended By The Existence of Other Opinions and Ignorance? If you want someone to pick and choose what you can and can’t consume and produce, you are welcome to resume your regular TV programming and let YouTube and Google be the first and last gatekeeper — it’s a free country. Or, rather it was.

5. Brighteon

Brighteon is an ad-supported video sharing alternative platform to Google-owned YouTube. From Brighteon’s sign-up page:

Welcome to Brighteon, the free speech alternative to YouTube.

Creating an account allows you to subscribe to your favorite channels and easily see NEW videos from your followed channels when you log in. You can also ‘Like’ your favourite videos.

Unlike Google and YouTube, we do not shadowban new videos from channels you subscribe to. If you subscribe to a channel, you will see ALL of the new videos from that channel on your home page when you log in. You can unsubscribe from any channel at any time.

As a Brighteon user, you may also upload your own videos to your channel. The more views your videos receive, the more you UNLOCK permissions to upload even more videos. See the video unlocking chart here.

In the near future, you will be able to message other Brighteon users using short text posts. As a channel owner, you can broadcast these text posts to all your subscribers, and they will see your posts on their home page when they log in.

Brighteon does NOT track users to build user psychological profiles like Google, YouTube, Facebook and other evil tech companies. As a result, we do NOT monetize user profiles in any way. Our sole source of revenue comes from the ads displayed on video view pages and your purchases through the Brighteon Store.

We do NOT display ads based on user profiles. We choose ads to display entirely based on the content of the video where the ads appear. Thus, we are not profiling users, but rather matching ads with content. This is how we respect your privacy and anonymity.

Brighteon sign-up page

6. PeerTube

Another great alternative to the increasing crazy rules at YouTube, PeerTube is “a free and open-source, decentralized, federated video platform powered by ActivityPub and WebTorrent, that uses peer-to-peer technology to reduce load on individual servers when viewing videos.”

Sounds good to me.

7. Rumble

Rumble is not open source but it does host original content by individuals worth listening to (PragerU, ProjectVeritas) and has “exclusive rights to original content videos.” Thanks to this claiming of original content, Rumble has noticed that Google unfairly ranks original Rumble videos below less relevant (to the search) YouTube videos. Rumble has subsequently filed a lawsuit against Google over anti-trust violations.

If You Have a Smartphone: Consider replacing Google on your Android device by installing LineageOS.


I've been practicing OSINT and utilizing Linux as my daily operating system for over twenty years. The tools are always changing and so I'm always learning, but helping you understand the value of protecting your own data remains at the forefront of everything I do.