Welcome to BitChute, a peer-to-peer content sharing platform and associated services. BitChute aims to put creators first and provide them with a service that they can use to flourish and express their ideas freely.
This document details our commitment to the BitChute community, it should be read and understood in conjunction with the Community Guidelines. This commitment is defined using a set of principles and can be shown at a high level in the following:
|BITCHUTE IS ABOUT||BITCHUTE IS NOT ABOUT|
|Freedom of Expression||Oppression or Incitement|
|Opportunity to Succeed||Platform Bias|
|'People Power'||'Mob Rule'|
|Empowering Creators||Exploiting Creators|
|Decentralized Distribution||Illegal Content|
These principles are intended to foster an inclusive environment where users can express themselves, their thoughts and/or opinions for open discussion, without unjust criticism or discrimination. They are to be read and considered in their entirety.
Freedom of Expression
We are committed to giving all creators the same freedom to express themselves.
According to the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, freedom of expression is the right of every individual to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media, modern or traditional and regardless of frontiers.
The right to freedom of expression does not just apply to information and ideas generally considered to be useful or correct. It also applies to any kind of fact or opinion that can be communicated. The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRCm) has stressed that 'expression' is broad and not confined to political, cultural or artistic expression. It also includes controversial, false or even shocking expression. The mere fact that an idea is disliked or thought to be incorrect does not justify its censorship alone.
The right to freedom of expression means that states must 'respect' free expression and not interfere with it. The right also places a positive obligation to actively ensure that obstacles to free expression are removed.
Some examples of why ensuring freedom of expression is necessary include:
- Ensuring that individuals can be heard.
- Holding those in a position of power to account.
- Preventing the monopolisation of the media by the state and/or private companies.
- The development of a fair and just society.
There are numerous things on the internet that many people will find personally distasteful and they are free to avoid and/or criticise those things. We feel strongly that every person must be allowed to share their experiences to raise awareness about issues that are important to them and wider society.
We give all creators the same opportunity to express themselves as individuals and/or in voluntary association with others.
Our guidelines are designed to prohibit unacceptable behaviour that leads to oppression and incitement.
Opportunity to Succeed
We are committed to treating everyone as equals with the same rights and opportunity to succeed.
All members of the community and wider society should be treated as equals with the same rights, regardless of their race, age, sex, religion, political beliefs, or any other immutable attribute or self-assigned designation.
In order to prevent platform bias, all moderation decisions made by the platform and its staff will be as transparent as legally possible and subject to reasonable appeal.
We are committed to giving the people the power to choose which content is more prominent.
Viewers should decide through objective criteria such as views, likes and subscriptions which creators are featured most prominently across BitChute, with the expectation that the more widely accepted and supported content will rise to the top. The site and background features are designed to help achieve this objective.
We are committed to ensuring that users are responsible and held accountable for their content.
Users are expected to show respect and decency towards fellow members of the community and wider society when posting content to the platform. Our guidelines will be enforced for all content posted to the platform and the user posting the content will be held accountable. Where technically possible creators will be expected to moderate the comments related to their content, in alignment with the guidelines.
The guidelines are not intended to stifle, prevent or otherwise censor reasonable attempts to confront and debate edgy, distasteful or unpopular opinions.
We are committed to providing creators with tools that support and empower them.
To accomplish this, we will strive to provide creators with tools that allow them to present and manage their content effectively.
Creators will be provided with integration points that allow them to monetise their content, either by linking to third party payment platforms, product endorsement through advertising or other methods which may develop in the future.
We are committed to decentralising the storage and distribution of content.
We will endeavour to leverage, develop and implement decentralised technology that will help with the storage and distribution of content available through the platform.
We will implement appropriate technologies to minimise the distribution of third party copyrighted and other illegal content.