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Video platform Rumble hit the top of the Video Players & Editors category of the Google Play charts this week, after a surge in downloads.
Rumble is a fast-growing competitor to YouTube that is popular for its commitment to free and open debate, compared to the likes of the Big Tech giant.
In January, Rumble reported record user engagement and video uploads, with approximately 10.8 billion minutes watched and an average of 4,383 hours of video uploaded per day.
Rumble also announced substantial monthly active user (MAU) growth of 19% over the previous month, reaching 39 million MAUs for January 2022.
CEO Chris Pavlovski noted that Rumble’s strong growth figures are in stark contrast to Facebook’s declining user numbers in the US and Canada.
“On the heels of the decline in U.S. and Canadian users at Facebook, and with Rumble’s impressive January growth, it’s clear that we are witnessing a major shift on the internet, ” Pavlovski said. “Users are sending a clear message that platforms supporting the free and open internet will be the future.”
The growth follows the announcement that one of Rumble’s creators and investors, political commentator Dan Bongino, recently hitting a milestone of two million subscribers on the platform.