Mr. Representatives from Pavlovsky and Rumble did not respond to interview requests.
But he has made it clear in comments streamed to Rumble creators and others that his ambition is far greater than increasing traffic to his website and app. With the investment of like-minded critics of Big Tech such as Mr. Thiel, Mr. Pavlovsky described the vision of making it “New Internet” – A type of alt-web that is completely different from the influential players in the industry.
Rumble has already built its own cloud service infrastructure and video streaming capabilities, giving it and its partners more freedom from the Internet than Amazon and Microsoft – and sure it won’t be shut down if one of the providers decides to pull out. Plug in offensive content. Gaining a big place in the minds of Rumble fans is the experience of the social media network parlor, which once effectively shut down after Amazon said it would not host the site on its computing services after January. 6 attacks last year.
The promise of independence from the tech giants. For Truth Social, Trump needs to provide technology and cloud services to Rumble, which is struggling to function fully on its own. In a statement announcing the partnership in December, Shri. Trump said he chose Rumble because it is among service providers that “does not discriminate against political ideology.”
Rumble has also gotten special arrangements with popular content creators who are ahead of conservatives and Trump supporters, such as journalist Glenn Greenwald, who has voiced his belief that technology has a lot of power to derail speech in behemoths and mainstream media. Rumble published his partnership with Mr. Greenwald as an example of his material-neutral approach. (For those whom he considers out of bounds, Rumble says he clearly does not tolerate anything racist, promotes violence or breaks the law.)
But there are also popular Rumble creators that the company doesn’t talk about in news releases, such as Alex Jones of Infowars, who was banned from YouTube and other mainstream platforms in 2018 and now has more than 100,000 Rumble followers.
This is a small number compared to the millions who follow Mr. on YouTube. Jones, who has spread bogus theories that the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre was organized as part of a government conspiracy to seize firearms. Those who study the right-wing media ecosystem say that it is difficult to say how large the overall audience for hard-right content is, as the traffic data available for individual sites includes multiple overlaps of frequent users. .
“It’s a highly engaged population,” said Yochai Bankler, a professor at Harvard Law School, who co-authored the book about those who consolidate their message and repel dissent by repeating conservative outlets. For individual platforms like Rumble, he added, the audience is likely to be larger than any size on paper.