Two years ago, BitChute became the target of an activist group that attempted to shut us down by pressuring our suppliers. As a result, we lost some server hosting, our office space, and other suppliers. We also lost our bank account with HSBC. A bank account we had held in good standing and without any issues since we launched in 2017.
We initially tried to open a new account with a different bank and transfer our money. However, the new bank rejected us just as the funds had reached them. Our money was returned to HSBC, but we could no longer access it, and even today, we still have not retrieved our money from HSBC.
In August 2021, after failing to get a resolution through the HSBC complaints process, we requested arbitration through the UK’s banking Ombudsman. We were informed of a long wait due to Covid, which had resulted in many bank-related problems for businesses. It wouldn’t be until November 2022 that our case would be assigned.
Since arbitration started we have provided many details including the bank account where HSBC could send our money. Within a week of handing over that information, that new bank account was suspended without notice. We informed the Ombudsman that we do not want to give HSBC additional bank accounts and prefer any transfer from HSBC use a third party such as escrow, even a bag of cash would do. A necessary action that will likely lengthen the process.
It’s happening again…
That happened 19 days ago, and we still have not been able to get our money from that bank even though we have informed them that we need it urgently to pay bills. It’s not clear for what reason they are keeping it.
Big government and big corporate have formed an alliance to deprive us of our liberties. It’s a stealth Communist coup. They can skirt the Constitution by having corporations, including banks, do their dirty work. Meanwhile, government goons whittle away at the Constitution at every opportunity. Their main targets are, of course, the First and Second Amendments.
I don’t think it’s by chance that these to embattled amendments are the very first two. Once they fall, the others will follow. It’s only a matter of time. If we can’t speak up about government/corporate (“Mediagov”) abuses, and we can’t defend ourselves, then nothing stands between us and tyranny.
Purists might object that as long as government itself is not violating our rights, then it’s not an issue. Obviously, it IS an issue – and the sooner we recognize the power of big corporations over our lives, and rein them in accordingly, the better.
When the Constitution was written, there were no non-governmental organizations so powerful that they could rob us of our liberty in any systemic way. Now that this has changed, we need to hold our legislators accountable to do what needs to be done: Consider large banks, large corporations, large tech companies and NGOs as if they’re arms of the government – because they really ARE. The recently released Twitter files, and public admissions by the Biden administration, that it works with social media companies to “fight disinformation” are evidence enough of this.