We have been officially censored! Russell Brand quits YouTube in favor of Rumble after one of his Covid videos is removed for ‘breaking community guidelines’
Controversial comedian Russell Brand left YouTube and moved to Rumble after one of his posts was “censored” due to alleged spread of Covid misinformation.
In a clip shared on Tuesday, the 47-year-old actor explained that after his video about the ‘shifting narratives around COVID’ was removed, he will be moving to Rumble, where he will be streaming live on weekdays for an hour.
“We have been officially censored by YouTube,” Brand explained.
Move: Controversial comedian Russell Brand left YouTube and moved to Rumble after one of his posts was ‘censored’ due to alleged spread of Covid misinformation
“They removed one of our videos for disinformation, but why aren’t big media organizations censored for disinformation in the same way? Is it because YouTube is now part of mainstream media?’
Russell shared that a previous clip he posted on the site was removed because it “quoted information on official government websites, which we misrepresented” regarding Covid.
He apologized in a now-deleted second video, saying he had made a mistake.
The star explained: ‘We made an apology video, we also deleted it. YouTube removed our original video, we removed the apology video because in case we reiterate the claim while apologizing for it.
Not happy: In a clip shared on Tuesday, the 47-year-old actor explained that after his video about the ‘shifting narratives around COVID’ was removed, he’s moving to Rumble, where he’ll be livestreaming weekdays during an hour.
‘We made a mistake, in my opinion a relatively small mistake, and we are being penalized!’
“To me, that looks like censorship, and the reason I think it looks like censorship is because there is misinformation in the mainstream media all the time.”
Brand then played a clip from March 2021 of MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow saying, “Now we know the vaccines work well enough that the virus stops with every person vaccinated.”
He noted that the clip was still online and did not include a COVID fact check.
Control: The streaming giant said its account was suspended because it broke community guidelines
He reiterated that everyone now knows that the ‘truth is the vaccine doesn’t stop you from spreading it,’ but that video is still up on the site.
Russell continued: ‘So we asked ourselves: Is there one standard for independent news broadcasters like us on our channel and a different standard for what we would call ‘mainstream media’?
‘Why are independent channels being attacked, censored and brought down while mainstream media is being promoted, featured and celebrated?’
The streaming giant said his account was suspended because he broke community guidelines.
Rumble features former US President Donald Trump and his supporters who have been forced to leave YouTube.
Brand joins MAGA supporters Alex Jones and the former president’s son, Don Jr, who are also on the platform.
Change: Russell shared that a previous clip he posted on the site was removed because he ‘quoted information on official government websites, which we misrepresented’ regarding Covid