Pressure on YouTube RT, and My First Reportage outside of Donbass, to pass a Million hits – Germany, 2016

Just a few hours ago, I read an article on the liberal website, basically trying to ply pressure on YouTube to do something about RT’s popularity on the site. I was interested to see myself in this context, as supposedly some sort of YouTube hotshot RT had brought in to boost their presence on the platform.

Actually when I began with RT I was right at the start of doing videos, and in many of my early videos from 2014, there was an all-over-the-shop quality due to my trying to do videos, photos all at the same time.

Anway, it does also note my channel has more than 60 million views, and actually that would have been more still had I not had to remove all my 18+ content recently. 

Anyway, more than 60 million it is, and I’m happy to say that also includes, as of yesterday, my first video outside of Donbass, to gain more than a million views! Here it is, Germany, August 2016 – 

18+ The Donbass War Video with 2+ Million Views, Removed by YouTube

YouTube recently removed this video from my channel. This video, approved by their own ‘Community Guidelines’ in October 2014, now, almost 3 years later, with over 2 million views rising all the time – a video which had let people from all over the world see the reality of the Ukraine war, now ‘in violation’ of those ‘Community Guidelines’.

This, the result of Ukrainian forces shelling of the city of Donetsk, Donbass, October 2014 – 

I appealed about this to YouTube, but they rejected that. It’s a real shame when a site which should be a window to events in the world, slams that window shut….

Fighting Censorship, and the Future of my 18+ Videos

I’ve written recently about the action YouTube have taken against me, for a Donbass video from 2014, showing the effects of war, and Ukrainian shelling of civilian areas:

For the next 12 days of my ban from YouTube, there will be more articles here on the Truth Speaker. And, once I’m back uploading video reportage to my YouTube channel, things will be a bit different.

– There will be no further 18+ content on my YouTube channel.

Such 18+ content as there is, I’ll put here on the Truth Speaker, in the correct context as to when it was, and what it was.

On the Truth Speaker, my own site, I’m able to bring you reportage with no censor. And to make sure that it still reaches the audience it needs to, I’ll flag it up with a link on YouTube.

And of course, there’s always your help in liking, sharing, retweeting and more. Together, we’ll beat censorship, and get the truth out!

YouTube and my 18+ 2-Week ‘Technical Break’

Sorry to say I won’t be able to bring you any video reportage for the next 2 weeks. YouTube have penalised me twice in two weeks – for old videos from the Donbass war.

The videos were indeed 18+ but that’s war, sadly, and they’d been on my channel for a long time, marked as 18+. So, why now?
Well, I don’t know, but if I get one more strike against my channel, YouTube will terminate my account, deleting the near 5000 videos there. And, it’s YouTube, they do that.
I’ve also got a 2 week ban from posting video material. Of course, I could post it elsewhere, but it never has the same impact, good reportage gets lost. Better to focus all attention, energy, on doing even better reportage after the return!
I’ve now removed all 18+ material from my YouTube account, so there should be no further problems after this 2-week period, the first of its kind in near 4 years.
As for the 18+ videos, I’ve saved them all, and will think what best to do with them.

An Exciting New Way to Support Independent Journalism

Graham Phillips

I’ve written here about not wishing to, declining to work, with western media. Graham PhillipsRecently in Russia, I was also approached by a major Russian news channel, with an offer of work.

I was flattered, of course. But, I realised when thinking over both offers – I love being independent. I love not answering to anyone, not going where anyone tells me.

I love bringing you independent reportage – reporting from the places I want, Graham Phillips Patrick Lancastersaying exactly what is here to see, and say. Going to the places I want, where I know the best reportage will be there for you.

I don’t like accusations ‘Graham’s only reporting that because he works for such and such’. It undermines my work, my mission, to bring the truth to the world.

I love doing the final cut myself, knowing exactly how it will appear for you, releasing it on my own channel first, so you can be sure of finding the freshest content there. 

My own channel generates a small revenue, I live modestly, it’s enough to get by. Your additional support means I can film more content, better content, better equipment, invest in getting English subtitles on my work quicker. 

To that end, I’m delighted to launch an appeal, with the help of my friends at Russia Insider, on pledge site Patreon –

Click here for my page, and know I truly value your support – it makes us a team, together in fighting propaganda, bringing the truth to the world.

Закрытии моего второго канала на YouTube. И в двух словах о том, что вы должны знать о первом.

С момента выгрузки первых общих видео в мой канал на YouTube еще во времена проведения Евро 2012 в Киеве, мой основной канал – вырос с нескольких просмотров и пары подписчиков до почти 45 миллионов просмотров и 70,000 подписчиков.

Меня заваливают партнерскими предложениями, предложениями работы на постоянной основе; причиной всему цифры: меня отделяет 30,000 подписчиков от британского канала Channel 4 News, при условии, что на мой канал выгружено лишь на 3000 видеосюжетов меньше, чем у них. Что до сравненис каналом ITV News, то мой канал в 10 раз превосходит их по количеству подписчиков.

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Однако, путь к успеху не обходится без неудач. Мой арест в Июле 2014 позволил СБУ взломать мой эккаунт и стереть около 2000 роликов, которые к счастью удалось восстановить. Затем возникли большие проблемы в январе этого года, когда вооруженные силы Новороссии отбивали у украинской армии все больше территорий, мне приходилось бесконечно переезжать с места на место, обнаруживая в буквальном смысле КУЧИ тел погибших украинских солдат, снимать это все на видео; в этой связи на меня обрушился шквал жалоб со стороны про-украински настроенных пользователей в адрес администрации сервиса.

Результатом этого явилось полное отключение моего канала на две недели, затем серьезное ограничение в функциональности на полгода. Это было крайне неудобно. В частности мне дозволялось выгружать ролики продолжительностью не длиннее 15 минут, что никак не согласовывалось Fullscreen capture 04102015 143631.bmpс необходимостью: было много материалов, касающихся сбитого над Донбассом рейса MH17, была потребность в возможности выгружать более объемное видео. Мне пришлось открыть новый канал. Я думал было продолжить пользоваться вторым каналом, оставив его в качестве канала для длинных документальных сюжетов.

Но цифры неумолимая вещь: там набралось лиши 10% от числа подписчиков основного канала, какое бы видео я не выгружал, количество просмотров не шло в сравнение с основным каналом. Есть сюжеты,набравшие на втором канале сотни тысяч просмотров, в то время Fullscreen capture 04102015 142534.bmpкак на основном канале эта цифра была бы миллионнной. Я никогда не снимаю с мыслью сделать сюжет популярным, однако же я очень хочу, чтобы каждое мое видео увидело своего зрителя. Есть много пользоателей, подписанных на мой канал, которые, чего бы я не делал в соцсетях, все равно так и не узнают о существовании второго, я знаю, эти слова подтверждены горьким опытом. На сегодняшний день уже начат процесс переноса видео со второго канала на первый.

Теперь я опытнее: я знаю до тонкостей как работает You Tube, сервис не идеален, он подвержен массовым кампаниям, с целью «Забанить» пользователя, забросав администрацию сервиса надуманными жалобами на него. Иногда они просто убрать видео без причины.

Но канал уверенно держит пальму первенства в мире и едва ли имеет достоиных конкурентов. Видео с пометкой 18+ (очень надеюсь таковых уже не будет в моей практике), я буду выгружатв этот блог, с тем, чтобы не Fullscreen capture 04102015 152649.bmpдавать больше повода блокировать меня на YouTube.

Я перенесу на основной канал все стоящие сюжеты, не только с Донбасса, но из Южной Америки. Есть видео, которые не стоят больших трудов по переносу их на другой канал. Весь процесс должен занять не более недели, я планирую закончить его уже в ближайшие дни. Что ж, вот как обстоят дела. Я надеюсь представить вашему вниманию в ближайшее время новые сюжеты, причем не только на английском, но, возможно и на немецком языке.

Как всегда: Больше спасибо за ваще поддержку!

Грэм Филлпис – Спасибо за помощь русского языка – Дмитрий Золотарев

Announce: Closure of my 2nd YouTube Channel, Facts about First

Graham Phillips

Since first uploading a few general videos onto YouTube around the time of Euro 2012 in Kiev, my main channel has grown from a few hits and couple of subscribers to approaching 45 million hits, over 70 thousand subscribers. I get inundated with ‘partner’ requests, the works, on a daily basis, based on numbers which put my channel only around 30,000 subscribers shy of Channel 4 News – and that achieved on around 3000 fewer video uploads than them – and ten times the subscribers of ITV news. I understand my channel to be one of the most popular independent news channels in the world.Fullscreen capture 04102015 143256.bmp Fullscreen capture 04102015 151151.bmp

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However, there have certainly been a few bumps along the way. My July 2014 captivity by Ukraine’s SBU saw them hack my accounts, and wipe some 2000 videos from my YouTube account, which I was mercifully able to restore. Then there were the travails of January – with new territory being taken by NAF all the time I would arrive at places to find piles of bodies, Ukrainian soldiers, film that, Fullscreen capture 04102015 143631.bmpthe outraged ‘pro-Ukraine’ side complained, relentlessly, I got a total block for 2 weeks then my main account restricted for 6 months.

This 6 month block was highly inconvenient, limiting the length of videos I could upload to 15 minutes. In this time was key content requiring considerably longer, notably MH17. So I took to using the second YouTube channel I’d set up as a back-up.

I then entertained the idea of keeping this channel on, for longer, more documentary-themed content…. But, the numbers here just don’t add up. My 2nd channel has under 7000 subscribers, less than 10% of my main. Any video posted there, whatever it is, is guaranteed far fewer hits than on my main channel. There are videos on the 2nd channel with hundreds of thousands of hits, which if Fullscreen capture 04102015 142534.bmpon my main channel would be in millions. I could post a video on my first channel filmed with the shutter on, which would get more than a juicy confrontation on my 2nd channel.

I never shoot a video thinking ‘I want this to be popular‘, but of course I’d like every video to find its natural audience. There are people, signed up to my first channel, who no matter what I do by way of Twitter, Vkontakte, Facebook, just wouldn’t know about a video on my 2nd. I know, I’ve tried.

So, as of today, the process starts to migrate content from this channel, to my first. I better understand how YouTube works now, it’s not perfect, it is
susceptible to campaigns which can be mobilised to flood them with complaints, but it’s still the number one video portal in the world by such a stretch it’s barely Fullscreen capture 04102015 152243.bmpworth considering competitors.

Extreme 18+ videos (but let’s hope it never comes to that) I’d now upload here on the Truth Speaker, so there’d never be a reason for YouTube to block my main channel again.

I’ll migrate all of the best content from my 2nd channel to the first – not just Fullscreen capture 04102015 152649.bmpDonbass videos incidentally, I filmed reportage from Paraguay even last year. There are those videos which aren’t really ‘migration worthy’ – old press conferences etc. But everyone now has a chance to go to the channel, download whatever they like, the migration process is likely to take a week or so.

So, that’s that, I hope that’s all clear and I very much look forward to bringing you more videos – with more accent to come on English-language content, and even German!

As ever, a huge thanks for all your support!