The online video site Rumble is not going to give in to pressure from British leaders to stop making money off of Russell Brand.
Chris Pavlovski, the CEO of Rumble, got a letter from the Culture, Media, and Sport Committee of the British House of Commons following YouTube’s demonetization of Brand related to accusations of sexual assault.
What’s written in the letter?
In that letter, chairperson Caroline Dinenage said it was a problem that Brand gave a “preemptive response” to the accusations on Rumble. She said her committee is worried that Brand may be able to make money from Rumble, where his account has more than 1.4 million users.
In the letter, it says, “We would appreciate it if you could let us know if Mr. Brand is able to make money off of his content, including his videos about the serious allegations against him.”
“If that’s the case, we’d like to know if Rumble plans to do what YouTube did and stop Mr. Brand from making money through its platform,” Dinenage said. “We are also interested in knowing what Rumble is doing to make sure creators can’t use the platform to hurt the well-being of people who have been hurt by inappropriate or possibly illegal behavior.”
What did Pavlovski say in response?
The CEO responded by labeling Dinenage’s letter “very upsetting” and making it plain that Rumble will not be affiliated with YouTube.
Pavlovski said that Rumble “stands for entirely different values” after pointing out that YouTube punished Brand “only” because of “media accusations.”
“We have dedicated ourselves to the important cause of protecting a free internet,” he said. “That means an internet where no one decides arbitrarily which ideas are allowed to be heard or which citizens possess a right to a platform.”
Pavlovsky went on:
“We think it is very dangerous and wrong for the UK Parliament to try to decide who can speak on our platform or make a living from doing so. Even more unsettling is the fact that the accusations have nothing to do with the person’s content on Rumble, which makes singling him out and asking for him to be banned even more strange. Many Rumble artists do things we don’t agree with, but we won’t punish them for things that have nothing whatsoever to do with our platform.”
The CEO ended his answer by saying that “joining a cancel culture mob” might be easier, but Rumble would never do that.
The BBC said that the Metropolitan Police in London stated that they got a report of a sexual assault in 2003, but that the agency has not yet started an official criminal probe.