With over 2 billion active users per month, YouTube is the world’s largest video hosting platform and the second largest search engine.
And it's full of trackers.
Your watch and search history are tracked, and videos can be taken down if they don't comply with the standards.
Let's look at some YouTube alternatives.
D.Tube is a privacy-focused YouTube alternative. The videos aren't all on one server like YouTube because it's decentralized.
All videos are stored on the blockchain.
This means that it’s pretty difficult for hackers to tamper with video content, and it’s unlikely that your data will leak.
D.Tube doesn’t have ads or a recommendation algorithm.
Only the people can censor videos, through the power of upvotes and downvotes.
Also, all content creators have the opportunity to earn crypto.
PeerTube is another decentralized YouTube alternative. Its code is open source and opens for anyone to edit or scrutinize.
PeerTube is free software that you install on a web server. Creating a video hosting website allows you to create your own "homemade YouTube".
While YouTube likes to host all videos on a single server, PeerTube's concept is to create a network of video hosting servers.
Like DTube, PeerTube has no recommendation algorithm, is ad-free, and is censorship-resistant.
Bitchute is a YouTube alternative committed to freedom of expression.
Like D.Tube and PeerTube, Bitchute is a peer-to-peer platform.
It's ad-free and a lot more flexible with content creators for making money.
Bitchute is banned from pretty much every payment platform, so it deals mainly in crypto.
You can view all videos anonymously. Like YouTube, you only need to register an account if you want to upload videos, post comments, etc.
Information gathered by BitChute is encrypted and protected, not sold and traded.
Pair any of these YouTube alternatives with other private tools.
Opt for privacy-based browsers like Brave or Tor to protect browsing history.
Windows and macOS don’t have to be the only option for operating systems. Use TAILS or Linux as your base OS. These privacy-based OS are less likely to track your movements.
Also, keep your VPN handy so your internet traffic is hidden and encrypted.