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‘We have been officially censored!’ Russell Brand leaves YouTube

‘We have been officially censored!’ Russell Brand leaves YouTube in favour of Rumble after one of his Covid videos is taken down for ‘breaching community guidelines’

Controversial comedian Russell Brand has left YouTube and relocated to Rumble after one of his posts was ‘censored’ due to allegedly spreading Covid disinformation.

In a clip shared Tuesday, the 47-year-old actor explained that after his video about the ‘changing narratives around COVID’ was taken down he’s moving to Rumble, where he will be live streaming weekdays for one hour. 

‘We have been officially censored by YouTube,’ Brand explained. 

Move: Controversial comedian Russell Brand has left YouTube and relocated to Rumble after one of his posts was ‘censored’ due to allegedly spreading Covid disinformation

‘They took down one of our videos for misinformation, but why are big media organizations not censored for misinformation in the same way? Is it because YouTube are part of the mainstream media now?’

Russell shared that a previous clip he posted on the site was taken down because he ‘cited information on official government websites, which we misinterpreted’ regarding Covid. 

He apologized in a now deleted second video and said he had made a mistake. 

The star explained: ‘We made an apology video, we’ve taken that down as well. YouTube took down our original video, we’ve taken down the apology video because in case we reiterate the claim while apologizing for it.

Not happy: In a clip shared Tuesday, the 47-year-old actor explained that after his video about the 'changing narratives around COVID' was taken down he's moving to Rumble, where he will be live streaming weekdays for one hour

Not happy: In a clip shared Tuesday, the 47-year-old actor explained that after his video about the ‘changing narratives around COVID’ was taken down he’s moving to Rumble, where he will be live streaming weekdays for one hour

‘We made an error, in my opinion a relatively small error, and we’re being penalized!’ 

‘For me that looks like censorship, and the reason I think it looks like censorship is because there’s mainstream media misinformation up all the time.’

Brand then played a clip from March 2021 of MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow saying, ‘now we know that the vaccines work well enough that the virus stops with every vaccinated person.’

He pointed out that the clip was still up online and didn’t include a COVID fact check.  

Control: The streaming giant said that his account was suspended because it breached its community guidelines

Control: The streaming giant said that his account was suspended because it breached its community guidelines

He reiterated that everyone knows now that the ‘truth is the vaccine does not prevent you from spreading it,’ yet that video is still on the site. 

Russell continued: ‘So we’re asking: Is there one standard for independent news broadcasters like us on our channel and a different standard for what we would call the ‘mainstream media?’

‘Why are independent channels being attacked, censored and brought down while mainstream media channels are being pushed, highlighted and celebrated?’

The streaming giant said that his account was suspended because it breached its community guidelines.

Rumble hosts former US president Donald Trump and his supporters who have been forced off YouTube.

Brand joins MAGA supporters, Alex Jones and the ex-president’s son Don Jr who are also on the platform.

Change: Russell shared that a previous clip he posted on the site was taken down because he 'cited information on official government websites, which we misinterpreted' regarding Covid

Change: Russell shared that a previous clip he posted on the site was taken down because he ‘cited information on official government websites, which we misinterpreted’ regarding Covid

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