Rumble faced censorship demands from shocking list of countries, CEO to testify on free speech

by | May 6, 2024

Rumble, a well-known video-sharing and cloud service platform, has disclosed several censorship requests it has received from various governments.

The major tech company shared the details of these demands with Fox News, along with CEO Chris Pavlovski's prepared remarks for his upcoming testimony on Capitol Hill this week. Pavlovski is set to testify at a House hearing focused on escalating concerns regarding censorship and free speech in Brazil.

Pavlovski is anticipated to highlight that the perpetrators of these censorship demands are often liberal democracies, where personal freedoms have traditionally been valued. Rumble asserts that it has observed a recurring pattern in which these countries attempt to regulate online speech, particularly if the content is politically unpopular or inconvenient for their governments.

One notable demand originated from the French government, which requested Rumble to take action akin to the Chinese Communist Party by removing content posted on its platform by Russia Today, an outlet funded by the Russian government. Interestingly, none of Rumble's posting policies were violated by this content.

Rumble is currently embroiled in a legal dispute with the French government over this demand, despite its efforts to engage with them regarding the content. As a result, Rumble has temporarily suspended its service in the country.

In Brazil, a parallel scenario unfolded following President Lula da Silva's election victory in 2022, accompanied by protests from supporters of former President Jair Bolsonaro, which some compared to the January 6, 2021, protests at the U.S. Capitol.

According to Rumble, which has temporarily suspended its services in the country due to ongoing legal disputes, the Brazilian government has made attempts to censor political opponents and journalists on the platform.

Rumble has encountered pressure from the Australian and New Zealand governments to remove certain content from its platform. This includes a viral video depicting an attack on a Sydney bishop during a church service, as well as data disclosed by a government whistleblower regarding the effectiveness of a COVID-19 vaccine.

The company is also contesting these governments' actions.

During his congressional testimony, Pavlovski is anticipated to apprise the committee about the endeavors of France, Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil to restrict access to specific content for their citizens. He will underscore the “overt” nature of these governments' censorship endeavors.

Pavlovski is poised to urge the U.S. government to cease its “silence” regarding the defense of freedom of speech. He will issue a stark warning that while Rumble is currently confronting these demands, other outlets could face similar challenges in the future.


Source: Fox News




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