When a user changes settings to allow X-tagged content to be viewed, streams with thousands of viewers discussing the Capitol uprising quickly dominate the home page. In his stream on Thursday evening, Mr Fuentes, who had attracted 20,000 viewers, described the events on Wednesday as a “glimmer of hope” that “showed what is possible”.
Neither Mr Gionet nor Mr Fuentes responded to requests for comments.
“Everything about this platform is wrong,” said 34-year-old Jovanovic, the longtime streamer. “It’s like a cardboard building showing Disneyland. As soon as you press it, it’s death and slaughter. “
Mr Jovanovic said he was suspended from the website in December after being accused of molesting another streamer – an allegation he denies – and was later permanently banned after complaining about Dlive on Twitter.
Other far-right users who joined Dlive last year include at least half a dozen supporters of the QAnon conspiracy theory, some of whom were banned from YouTube when the platform cracked down on QAnon accounts in October.
In addition to Mr Gionet, right-wing channels called Woozuh, Gloomtube and Loulz also streamed from the Capitol attack on Wednesday, as did a report called Murder the Media, which is linked to the right-wing Proud Boys. neo-fascist organization. The words “Murder the Media” were scrawled on a Capitol door.
“Are you going to arrest us?” a dive streamer named Zykotik wondered aloud as he discussed his plans to ignore the Washington citywide curfew. A man who identified himself as Clifford approached in Zykotik’s stream. “Are you alive?” Asked Cycot. The man said it was him.
With Parler, Gab, and other websites lacking opportunities to make money, streaming on Dlive has become a key element of the strategies of many far-right activists, said Megan Squire, a professor of computer science at Elon University.