The free speech-oriented video-sharing network Rumble said it is rolling out a live streaming feature next week.
The feature will initially be available only to paying customers but the company said they plan to release a free live streaming version over the coming months.
Conservatives have flocked to Rumble after mainstream tech companies started purging conservative voices following the 2020 election and the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol Hill riot by a crowd of Trump supporters.
Back in December, the conservative One America News Network (OANN) said it would be moving from YouTube to Rumble to “freely report the news without restrictions or censorship.”
On Nov. 24, Google-owned YouTube banned OANN from posting new videos for a week, claiming the network had violated their rules against sharing misinformation about COVID-19.
A number of prominent conservatives have joined and promoted Rumble as an alternative to YouTube. Some noted names include Fox News’ Sean Hannity and Republican congressmen Jim Jordan and Devin Nunes.
The introduction of the live streaming feature comes a little over a month after it drew record numbers of viewers during two major recent live streams featuring former President Donald Trump.
The first was a stream from Trump’s speech at the 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference. The stream, according to Rumble, attracted nearly 100,000 concurrent viewers and over 500,000 total viewers.
The second stream was of an interview Trump conducted with daughter-in-law Laura Trump that reportedly received more than 300,000 views within 24 hours.
Facebook promptly took down the interview, saying the platform does not allow any “content posted in the voice of Donald Trump.”
“We are reaching out to let you know that we removed content from Lara Trump’s Facebook Page that featured President Trump speaking,” a Facebook spokesperson said after Lara Trump posted a video of the interview. “In line with the block we placed on Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts, further content posted in the voice of Donald Trump will be removed and result in additional limitations on the accounts.”
Earlier this year, Rumble filed a lawsuit against Google, which owns YouTube, accusing the company of “unfairly rigging its search algorithm” to promote YouTube videos and suppress content from its competitors.
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