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FROM COMMUNIST SPLC: Meet DLive: The Livestreaming Platform Used by Trump’s Capitol Insurrectionists
White supremacists and neo-fascists have increasingly embraced DLive as a streaming alternative to YouTube, partly because its content seldom undergoes any rigorous degree of moderation. A man named Charles Wayn founded the site in December 2017. Hatewatch has attempted to contact Wayn but has so far been unsuccessful. DLive is now owned by the peer-to-peer file sharing service BitTorrent, which is run by a man named Justin Sun.
Tim “Baked Alaska” Gionet talks on a telephone Jan. 6 as right-wing extremists storm the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Screenshot via DLive)
DLive has paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars to extremists since its founding, largely through donations of cryptocurrency built into a service provided by the site. Hatewatch reported in November that white nationalist Nick Fuentes, who has featured prominently in the so-called Stop the Steal protests that led to Wednesday’s breach of the Capitol building, has generated money through DLive at a pace that matches a six-figure salary. Other prominent extremists, including a man who corresponded with the terrorist who murdered 51 people in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March 2019, also bring in donations of cryptocurrency through the site.
Here’s what you need to know about DLive and how it was used by extremists during Wednesday’s breach of the U.S. Capitol building, and also by the Stop the Steal movement, which seeks to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
How many DLive accounts livestreamed on Wednesday during the protest?
Hatewatch documented at least five DLive accounts that streamed Wednesday’s protest in Washington, D.C. More accounts may have livestreamed the protest event, but Hatewatch determined that accounts called “Murder the Media,” “Loulz,” “Woozuh,” “Gloomtube” and “Baked Alaska” did so. Baked Alaska breached the Capitol building, but Hatewatch cannot determine whether the other four streamers did.
Who is Baked Alaska and what did he do?
Activist Tim Gionet (left), who goes by the name “Baked Alaska” on the internet, talks with white nationalist leader Richard Spencer as self-proclaimed white nationalists and “alt-right” supporters gather for what they called a “Freedom of Speech” rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., June 25, 2017. (Photo via Reuters/Jim Bourg)
Baked Alaska is a far-right extremist named Tim Gionet who marched in the white supremacist contingent of the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017. Formerly a contributor to the news and entertainment website Buzzfeed, Gionet built his brand around livestreaming stunts where he confronts strangers in public, often in an effort to shock them. Major social media platforms including YouTube and Twitter have suspended Gionet for violating their terms of service.
Gionet livestreamed Wednesday’s protest on DLive and during the stream recorded himself breaching the Capitol building. At one point, Gionet livestreamed from Nancy Pelosi’s office. Gionet picked up Pelosi’s telephone and mugged for the camera. A male accomplice in a “Make America Great Again” hat could be seen in the frame behind Gionet appearing either be livestreaming or take pictures. A DLive user posted, “FINGERPRINTS ON THE PHONE” as an apparent warning to Gionet of the potential legal implications of what he was doing as the stream was taking place.
Did Baked Alaska receive donation money from DLive viewers during this event?
How much donation money did Gionet make?
Hatewatch was unable to determine precisely how much money Gionet made during his livestream on Wednesday because some of the streams were removed. Megan Squire, a professor of computer science at Elon University who has focused on how white supremacists use social media platforms such as DLive to spread hate and make money, calculated for Hatewatch that DLive users tipped Gionet at least 229 different times. Gionet pulled in at minimum $222 during the afternoon’s events, according to Squire’s calculations. Squire told Hatewatch Gionet likely received significantly more donations, but since the evidence of his streams was removed from DLive, it was unclear how much more he had earned.
The amount Gionet received also does not include money taken from Gionet’s donations by DLive itself.
Did DLive make money off of the livestreams from Wednesday?
Yes. DLive takes 25% from every donation. From the share taken by DLive, 20% goes to the platform itself. 5% is redistributed to other DLive users in a system called “staking”.
How else have extremists seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 election used Dlive?
White nationalist Nick Fuentes, of Chicago, holds a banner supporting President Donald Trump during a rally at Boston University on Jan. 30, 2017. (Photo by Christopher Evans/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Images)
White nationalist livestreamer Nick Fuentes has promoted and attended Stop the Steal demonstrations since their onset, immediately following the election. Fuentes has appeared at these events speaking in front of large crowds of his fans. He has used DLive to spread conspiracies about the 2020 election and stump for fascism, claiming that he wanted to give Trump a Hitler salute and praising Mussolini.
Twitter also allows Fuentes to use its service and even gave him a verification badge, which critics argue bestows him with an appearance of authority on that platform.
How much money has Nick Fuentes made on DLive since the 2020 election?
DLive donors gave Fuentes a whopping $43,822.86 in just the last two months of 2020, according to Squire. That calculation includes money given to Fuentes in the final days leading to the election and the weeks after it, and is a net total accounting for the 25% DLive also subtracted from Fuentes’s donors.
Has DLive issued a statement about Wednesday’s violence at the Capitol?
DLive tweeted about its policies on Wednesday but did not explicitly mention the violence in Washington, D.C.
“DLive does not condone illegal activities or violence,” the company’s Twitter account posted hours after Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol.
Photo illustration by SPLC
A Message from DLive Regarding the Recent Protests · DLive Community
Check out this post from DLive Community
Dear community members,
DLive is now under the spotlight due to some content streamed to our platform. The concerns, frustrations and questions that poured in through various avenues absolutely overwhelmed us. In the interest of thoroughly and effectively addressing these concerns, we are taking the time needed to respond to them appropriately. Even though some of these matters were beyond what we anticipated encountering as a start up company, we are here to make sure DLive is always moving in the right direction and addresses the needs and concerns of our community.
While we strongly advocate for the empowerment of our content creators, we also have zero tolerance towards any forms of violence and illegal activities.
Our team and community members have been actively screening across our platform for any content that has violated our Terms of Service and Community Guidelines on or about January 6th. We are still processing reports and are actively enforcing our Community Guidelines on those channels. Since yesterday, we have suspended 3 accounts, forced offline 5 channels, banned 2 accounts from live streaming and permanently removed over 100 past broadcasts from our platform.
The DLive team actively are taking actions regarding streamers who are found to be part of or participants in the incident at the Capitol Building in Washington D.C. on January 6th including but not limited to account suspension, removal of past broadcasts, freezing their earnings and abilities to cash out. The donation and paid subscriptions will be refunded to the accounts from which they originated.
Our product team has commenced working on adding reporting functions within the channel page, so in the future, we can handle similar issues in an even more expeditiously and efficient manner. In the meantime, if you have found a channel that violates our Community Guidelines, please raise a ticket over at http://go.dlive.tv/contact
The community team at DLive are one of the most dedicated groups of people who all genuinely care about our community, and work tirelessly across the globe to ensure DLive is safe and vibrant. At this time, we would like to sincerely apologize if the public perception of DLive has ever been misconstrued due to some of our non-compliant users. DLive always wants to reflect the direction people want to see in our community, and be clear on our messages and policies relating to violence or illegal activities..
Tron’s DLive platform under fire for live streaming US Capitol extremists
Check out this post from dailynews.bitcoindiamond.org
DLive, the decentralized streaming platform that Justin Sun purchased and migrated to Tron in December 2019, was used by several far-right extremists to livestream their insurrection in the United States Capitol building on Wednesday.
The extremists were also able to raise donations during the broadcast, and the platform has been accused of allowing extremists to raise “hundreds of thousands” of dollars, mostly in cryptocurrency, since it was founded.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Hatewatch blog, at least five DLive accounts livestreamed Wednesday’s shocking protest: “Murder the Media,” “Loulz,” “Woozuh,” “Gloomtube” and “ Baked Alaska.” However, the organization could only confirm that DLive user “Baked Alaska” had actually breached the Capitol building.
On Wednesday, Gionet recorded himself in the Capitol building, including live from the office of U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Anchorage Daily News estimated that more than 16,000 viewers tuned in for the stream. Gionet received donations from viewers during the criminal protest totaling $222, combined from more than 200 individual donations.
DLive takes a 25% cut out of all donations made on the platform, of which one-fifth is redistributed to other DLive users. Hatewatch noted:
“DLive has paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars to extremists since its founding, largely through donations of cryptocurrency built into a service provided by the site.”
In November, the blog reported that white nationalist Nick Fuentes, who also featured prominently in the “Stop the Steal” protests that led to the breach of the Capitol building had “generated money through DLive at a pace that matches a six-figure salary.”
DLive responded to the events on Thursday, tweeting that it “does not condone illegal activities or violence” and encouraging users to report channels that violate its community guidelines.
DLive was not the only streaming platform used by protestors, with various streams of the attack on the Capitol broadcast on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The mainstream social platforms have sought to remove content violating their terms of service, with a Facebook spokesperson stating:
“The violent protests in the Capitol today are a disgrace. We prohibit incitement and calls for violence on our platform. We are actively reviewing and removing any content that breaks these rules.”
A video published by President Donald Trump describing the insurrectionists as “special” prompted further action from the big social media platforms, with Facebook blocking Trump’s account until at least the end of his term and Twitter blocking the president’s account for 24 hours. In response, the “free speech” decentralized social media platform Gab said it had reached out to Trump’s team and had reserved an account for him.