In late February, a power outage at our hosting provider permanently corrupted our server. For the past two days we’ve been rebuilding the server from scratch, and Anonymous No Kenkai PeerTube is finally back in business.

Unfortunately, the federation and subscription database was wiped out, so anybody who was subscribed or federating before now, please go back and federate/subscribe again. Thanks.


Hello everyone, Chano-san here.

Welcome to the アノニマスの見解 PeerTube instance. I’ve spent the last week or so getting this set up, but it’s finally ready. So I thought I’d make a formal announcement along with an explainer video for just what the hell this thing actually is, and why I set it up.

First of all, what the hell is PeerTube?

If we refer to the project’s own About page, “PeerTube is a federated video streaming platform using P2P (WebTorrent) directly in the web browser. It is a free and open-source software, under the AGPLv3 licence.”

This might sound familiar to Bitchute users, and that’s because it’s essentially the same thing. Both Bitchute and PeerTube use WebTorrent to serve streaming video and distribute the burden of hosting.

So what’s the difference between Bitchute and PeerTube?

For comparison, think of Plemora or Mastodon versus Twitter. Twitter is a single company running a single service. Users need Twitter’s permission to make an account and communicate with others. Plemora/Mastodon, on the other hand, allow anybody to create a server (called an instance) which can communicate with all other instances running the same software. No permission is necessary.

YouTube or Bitchute are like Twitter; one company, one service, permission is needed. PeerTube is the alternative. Anybody can make a PeerTube instance, and it can communicate with all other instances running the same software. No permission is necessary.

Why did you create a PeerTube instance?

Recently, the internet has become an unfriendly place for free speech. And I’m not a fan of Google’s monopoly on video hosting, among other things. I was happy to diversify onto Bitchute when it appeared, but the developer has been slow to communicate changes, and the development of the platform is sporadic at best. The thought occurred that if Bitchute’s money dried up or the platform was taken down, we might not hear about it until after it was gone.

Ultimately, as much good as Bitchute did to create an alternative to YouTube, I realized I was still depending on a third party to be able to publish videos. And I’d rather have more direct control over the hosting and serving of my own content. So I decided to give PeerTube a try.

Are you still going to use YouTube and Bitchute?

Of course, all videos will still be going up to the usual platforms. This PeerTube instance is kind of an tertiary backup. YouTube might ban me, and Bitchute might go down, but the videos will all be available here no matter what.

Can I make an account and upload videos to your instance?

Right now, I’m afraid not. Server space is limited, and managing users is difficult. I’m not confident I can do a good job. So this is going to be a single-user instance for now. I might change my mind in the future, and I might make special exception for people I know, but registrations are currently closed.

My lust for cyber-shekels is my greatest weakness, though, so I’m considering uploading videos on request or even making accounts for people who throw money at me on Bitbacker. I’m a little hesitant to even suggest it, but on the other hand I doubt anybody will go for it anyway, so whatever.

Final Thoughts

The wave of censorship sweeping across the internet right now is made easier by the fact that most of the net is built on centralized services. A few companies and individuals hold the power to decide if information can exist or not.

Alternatives have popped up…Bitchute in response to YouTube, Gab in response to Twitter, but many of them fall into the trap of simply being another centralized service. If we want to innoculate the internet against censorship, it’s important to decentralize as much as possible. PeerTube is, in my opinion, the best decentralized alternative to video hosting right now. And while this instance is just a tertiary backup for now, it’s my hope that one day software like PeerTube will be the standard for a free internet.

For Japanese users, I’m sorry to say that PeerTube hasn’t beeen localized into Japanese yet. Though we might do something about that in future. And for mobile users, good news…there is a PeerTube viewing app called “Thorium” that’s still in development, but otherwise pretty usable.

Anyway, look forward to more content here, on YouTube, and on Bitchute. And until next time…待ち受けなさい.