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Twitter is flagging links to BitChute videos as potentially harmful & unsafe

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Users on Twitter today are finding it difficult to share and open links pointing to video platform BitChute, as they are being flagged as potentially harmful and unsafe.

On Friday morning I saw that popular news commentator Tim Pool had tweeted that Twitter was blocking him from sharing BitChute videos, so I decided to test it for myself, and the same thing happened to me — I couldn’t share one of Pool’s BitChute videos on Twitter.

Instead, I received the following messages:

twitter blocks bitchute video

And this notice appeared at the bottom of the screen:

bitchute potentially harmful

To verify whether or not the issue was with the content in the video itself, or whether it was simply because it was hosted on BitChute, I decided to share the exact same video that Pool had uploaded to his YouTube channel, and voila! I was able to share it without a problem.

As of the time of this publication, it appears that Twitter is censoring links to BitChute, regardless of the actual content of the videos that users are attempting to share.

Looking into this further, I found that while many users are having difficulties just posting videos from BitChute, the links that haven’t been blocked are being redirected to a page with this warning:

I can’t confirm that Twitter is censoring every post to BitChute, but every link that I’ve tried opening has redirected me to the warning page above.

BitChute is video platform similar in format to YouTube, and many content producers use it as a backup channel in case their videos get censored on YouTube.

If you have tried sharing BitChute videos on Twitter today, let us know in the comments how it went.

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Tim Hinchliffe
Tim Hinchliffe is the editor of The Sociable. His passions include writing about how technology impacts society and the parallels between Artificial Intelligence and Mythology. Previously, he was a reporter for the Ghanaian Chronicle in West Africa and an editor at Colombia Reports in South America. tim@sociable.co