Rumble, one of the most popular free speech-friendly video sharing platforms, has announced that creators will be able to live stream on the platform from next week.
Paying customers who are on Rumble’s “Team” package will be able to live stream starting next week. Rumble will then introduce the free version of live streaming over the next few months as it learns to scale the service.
Rumble’s official announcement of this feature being rolled out to creators follows it conducting its first major live stream last month. Rumble reported that a record number of people tuned in to watch this live stream of former President Donald Trump’s address at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) 2021 event. According to Rumble, this first stream received close to 100,000 concurrent viewers and more than 500,000 total viewers.
The video sharing platform has become a favorite among creators who are tired of Big Tech censorship. Its CEO, Chris Pavlovski, has stated that “Rumble is not here to be an arbiter of truth” and has promised to foster “dialog, debate and opinions” on the platform.
Dan Bongino, a conservative commentator and Rumble backer, has also been a strong supporter of the platform and said he invested so he could start doing something about YouTube’s censorship and demonetization of conservatives.
In addition to these commitments to free speech, Rumble has demonstrated its willingness to host content that’s censored by Big Tech. When Facebook recently censored Trump’s first-on camera interview since leaving office, Rumble hosted it and attracted hundreds of thousands of viewers in the first 24 hours and more than a million viewers in total.
For years, the Big Tech companies that censor users for expressing dissenting viewpoints have maintained a stranglehold over the live streaming market. This has meant that creators that want to live stream often have to self-censor or risk having their ability to live stream cut off.
With more than 80 million monthly visitors, Rumble is now offering creators a popular, growing, free speech-friendly alternative where they can live stream without the restrictions that are imposed by YouTube, Facebook, and the other tech giants.