That’s pretty much what Rumble have told Dame Caroline Dineage.
A spokesperson said: ‘We received an extremely disturbing letter from a committee chair in the UK Parliament. While Rumble obviously deplores sexual assault, rape and all serious crimes, and believes that both alleged victims and the accused are entitled to a full and serious investigation, it is vital to note that recent allegations against Russell Brand have nothing to do with content on Rumble’s platform.
‘Just yesterday YouTube announced that based solely on these media accusations it was barring Mr Brand from monetising his video content. Rumble stands for very different values. We have devoted ourselves to the vital cause of defending a free internet – meaning an internet where no one arbitrarily dictates which ideas can or cannot be heard, or which citizens may or may not be entitled to a platform.
‘We regard it as deeply inappropriate and dangerous that the UK Parliament would attempt to control who is allowed to speak on a platform or to earn a living from doing so. Singling out an individual and demanding his ban is even more disturbing given the absence or any connection between the allegations and his content on Rumble. We don’t agree with the behaviour of many Rumble creators, but we refuse to penalise them for actions that have nothing to do with out platform.
‘Although it may be politically and socially easier for Rumble to join a cancel culture mob, doing so would be a violation of our company’s values and mission. We emphatically reject the UK Parliament’s demands.’
That is what having a spine and integrity looks like. It’s a rare commodity these days. Well done, Rumble. Keep it up.
GB News has responded similarly. The stupid woman accused them of not following impartiality guidelines. Er, they ain’t the BBC (and when the BBC is impartial, maybe go after other broadcasters, eh? – Ed) and given that the programme being discussed involved two presenters taking differing views during an open discussion – so what Dineage is complaining about is that they did not shut down the presenter who was defending Brand, so what they wanted was partiality. The sort of partiality approved of by Dineage. Well, they told her to fuck off as well. And good for them. It really is about time these nasty little censorious fuckwits were put back in their box and while we are at it, how about closing down media culture and sport as it’s a pox on our culture.