Rumble might disable UK access rather than moderate misinformation and hate speech on the platform - 2023-09-26

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F0.png Rumble might disable UK access rather than moderate misinformation and hate speech on the platform September 26, 2023, Natalie Mathes, Media Matters

Under a new online safety law, Rumble might disable access to its platform for users in the United Kingdom rather than moderate its rampant misinformation and hate speech. Media Matters has documented extensive white nationalist, antisemitic, and anti-LGBTQ bigotry on the platform, in addition to anti-vaccine misinformation and other dangerous conspiracy theories — including content that experts reportedly claim would need to be moderated under the new U.K. law.

Rumble is an extreme right-wing video-sharing platform that markets itself as a defender of "free speech" and embraces far-right figures who have been banned on mainstream platforms for misinformation and hate speech. For instance, white nationalist and Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes, who has been banned on multiple platforms, has posted at least 720 videos on Rumble since March 2021, earning at least 5 million views on videos including "America First's Nick Fuentes DEMOLISHES experimental 'vaccine,'" "The Purpose of JUNETEENTH Is WHITE REPLACEMENT," and "Gays and Jews Are Problematic."

On September 25, The Times reported that under the U.K. online safety bill set to become law next month, Rumble will have to take down "videos that incite violence or race hate" and prevent children from seeing "violent content and material harmful to health, such as vaccine misinformation," or experts say the platform will be "forced out of the UK."

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{{cite news | first = Natalie | last = Mathes | author2 = Justin Horowitz | title = Rumble might disable UK access rather than moderate misinformation and hate speech on the platform | url = https://www.mediamatters.org/rumble/rumble-might-disable-uk-access-rather-moderate-misinformation-and-hate-speech-platform | work = Media Matters | date = September 26, 2023 | accessdate = October 2, 2023 }}