Podcaster Dave Rubin says he is launching a new app which will allow his subscribers to watch his show without using You Tube. Rubin says the app would allow new media producers to “create your own terms of service”.
Mr Rubin’s podcast “The Rubin Report” has over a million subscribers on Youtube. He is often referred to as a member of the so-called “intellectual dark web”.
Rubin has been a strong critic of what he sees as censorship of conservative comment and suppression of free speech on You Tube and other social media platforms including Twitter.
The American Conservative website, Newsbusters, reports that Rubin revealed he had spoken at length to YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki before deciding that an alternative to the platform was needed. His concerns arose after a Google whistleblower, former engineer Zach Vorhies, revealed that Mr. Rubin was one of the people being censored by YouTube.
Apparently, after hours spent talking with the YouTube CEO over video chat and in Silicon Valley, Rubin said, ‘I got no answers to any of the questions that I asked.’
He said that he learned that all YouTube had become was “a search engine. This is not a place for thought to flourish anymore.”
However, instead of getting the government involved, Rubin did “what he thought was the right thing,” which was to start his own company as a response. He plans to use the app in development for his show first, “then we’re going to give everybody their own app.”
Some of the perks of this platform, according to Newsbusters include:
– being able to create your own terms of service for your own community
– The company is privacy based. Rubin promised, “I will never sell your data, I don’t want your data.”
– Creators will have the ability to weed out trolls, because the platform will be subscription based
Rubin’s announcement comes a few months after a fellow well-known member of the “intellectual dark web”, Dr. Jordan Peterson announced the development of his new censorship-free platform, ThinkSpot.