As you've likely seen in the news, censorship on the internet is in full force and effect right now. It's happening far faster and worse than I predicted just a few months ago. Currently it appears to be happening along USA party lines but don't be fooled about feeling safe.
The Trump era and the populist movement that occurred in the past 4-5 years is most likely the only thing that got the targets off the back of men and masculine issues.
You see, once upon a time, TRP was the boogeyman of reddit. We were the big bad guys looking to free men and exchange ideas without oversight. And that was really fucking scary to the powers that be. But with the rise of the donald subreddit, we were temporarily shielded by something even more dangerous to the powerful.
Well, as it appears the entire system has now activated to rid the nation of Trump and co, there's only one place the system can focus its sights back onto. And that is, once again, men. It should scare you how coordinated the efforts were. Left, Right, Center, all politicians came together to damage actual conservatives. Domain Registrars, hosting platforms, social media- youtube, twitter, facebook, discord, etc, google play, apple app store, they all colluded to remove an element from the internet they do not like.
And now that we no longer have this shield, I believe it is a matter of time before the fight comes back to our doorstep.
During the shitstorm, the biggest competitor to reddit also shut its doors (voat). This is something I was aware might happen- but it's also the reason why I was (and still am) ardently against our subreddit simply trading one boss for another platform. We are not safe unless we take matters into our own hands.
If you've been here for any length of time, then you know we've been hard at work on our trp.red and forums.red platforms. Part of the difficulty for us was negotiating with vendors ahead of time to find pro-free-speech vendors and locking in deals that should prevent the same shuttering that's affecting so many other platforms right now. It's not the cheapest hosting, but it is (imo) the safest at the moment.
A lot of what I've been doing has been out of pocket. The entire development of the platform, scaling the services to handle tens of millions of monthly hits, and keeping it maintained has been an expensive but necessary project for me.
To keep men communicating is my passion. I do not do this for thanks or cash. I do this for one reason: because having a safe place for men to communicate is the most important value I have and without it I believe the world loses something great.
Our Patreon and Bitcoin donations: 1Hyyva2G5aCJwNqYToGoCCGATVNMB81zk7 have greatly helped in our monthly costs, and for that I am very appreciative. Currently we are not covering the monthly costs but it does take a chip out which helps me.
I am not writing this to beg for donations, but instead I have decided to announce my next initiative.
Due to the rest of the internet going woke it is my opinion that we are not safe as long as we rely on any woke company for our communication.
The Fraternity's discord server has already been banned once, they are on borrowed time. Joe's youtube channel is behind enemy lines, and they've just committed to banning hundreds of thousands of videos and thousands of channels. Regardless of your view on politics, it is now a known truth that if you listen to a podcast on youtube, the members and videos that remain only do so through a form of self-censorship for an ever-changing rulebook.
This ever encroaching censorship on all platforms is unsustainable. We either continue letting big tech shut us down at every turn, or we act proactively.
I propose an initiative to move podcasting and video directly under trp.red's umbrella to protect the speech of men, and to protect the history of speech for all to see in the event that youtube goes dark for our movement.
This isn't to say that we shouldn't still use these platforms for outreach. New ideas can reach new people outside our walled garden. But relying on these platforms is foolhardy knowing what we know now.
As a proof of concept, I have already invested some time in spinning up a peertube instance as a basis for a video platform ( https://video.trp.red/ ). It's not open to registration yet, and there is only one test video, but it gives you an idea of what we can work with. My intention is to integrate user accounts with trp.
My first goal is to backlog the entire TRP official youtube channel onto our platform: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmkSUIOMkwiLiQEhzcZS4wg
Afterwards, we will start accepting applications for uploaders. This platform will be tightly regulated to prevent liability issues / copyright issues. However, anybody with a red pill adjacent idea should have no trouble securing an upload account.
However, these goals will cost real money. This backlog is large and the undertaking will not be free.
I think it's an immeasurable good for the community, but I will not be able to do this one alone.
If this is something you think would bring value to our community, please consider voicing your support here and consider donating to our cause:
Patreon | Bitcoin donations: 1Hyyva2G5aCJwNqYToGoCCGATVNMB81zk7
Edit: Feel free to comment on the video hosting platform idea rather than bickering about trump...