In the past few days, following the incidents that took place on Capitol Hill a few days ago, the world has been paying attention to large-scale technology and social media crackdowns. In the past 48 hours, US President Donald Trump, many right-wing supporters and almost everyone who opposes the US government have been censored. Extremely large-scale technical censorship has prompted a large number of social media participants to find alternatives to censorship-resistant systems.
Big technology removal
In 2020 and 2021, mainstream media, with the help of Twitter, Google, Apple, Youtube, Amazon, and Facebook, successfully concealed corruption and scandals caused by the US bureaucracy. After a massive protest in Washington, the protesters managed to enter the Capitol; videos, pictures, and viral social media posts were everywhere, capturing the events of the day. Everything was said and then, in just a few hours, Big Tech and the social media giants began to clear any objections.
These technology companies are becoming nations.
Infringement of privacy, blatant injunctions, and great will to appease the increasingly authoritarian government.
-Russ (@RussellOkung) January 9, 2021
On January 7, Facebook announced that it would delete President Trump’s page and said it would delete all comments that expressed “praising and supporting the storm of the US Capitol”. Facebook said they will also delete posts calling for peaceful protests, as well as pictures and videos of violations in the Capitol.
Americans of history and future will not make friendly judgments about those who choose to censor and suppress their compatriots in times of crisis.
-Rob Schneider (Rob Schneider) January 9, 2021
Facebook has further implemented a new feature that asks users if they are sure to publish. The company has begun to clear any objections to the US bureaucracy and plans to “update job tags” and add more fact-checkers. Facebook said the company will use “artificial intelligence to downgrade content that may violate our policies.”
85,000 followers were cleared in a day and a half.
I guess the people on Twitter missed all the liberals about “unity”.
-James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) January 9, 2021
In addition, Twitter also decided to follow Facebook’s censorship path, and banned The @realdonaldtrump account has 87 million followers. Twitter called the president’s account a “risk” that could further incitement to violence, and called the Capitol violations “shocking.” The company highlighted two tweets written by Trump and said they glorified violence.After deleting Trump’s account, Twitter also Cut followers Many activists show signs of disagreement.
On January 9, 2021, Silicon Valley took over. Welcome to the new world.
-Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) January 9, 2021
In addition, left-wing supporters applauded the censorship system, and most bureaucrats also joined the purge system.Some of them even Appeal to Apple and Google Used to delete social media applications like Parler that are not subject to censorship.Many progressives have fully support Objected to the review and called for more review.
Decentralized networks and alternatives to blockchain-based social media
The fierce censorship storm has attracted many people to leave Twitter and Facebook and look for alternatives. Of course, there are some decentralized alternatives that do not use blockchain technology, such as Diaspora, Mastodon, Parler, Flote, Sola and Manyverse, but there are many social media applications that do use blockchain technology.
Blockchain-based social media applications operate like the popular social media giants we all use today, but they also allow people to post content in an uncensored and unchanging manner.
Currently, there are alternative social media sites based on blockchain that enable people to speak and share content in an immutable way. Some of these applications have been running for several years, and some of them have just started to launch social networks. These platforms are also built on various blockchains such as Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, IOTA, and EOS.
Some applications also use a combination of blockchain technology and the interplanetary file system (ipfs.io). The blockchain applications that people can register and test today include Voice, Memo.cash, Peepeth, Member.cash, Socialx, Sapien, Lbry, Dtube, All.me, Minds, Society2, Peaked, Hive and Indorse platforms.
For example, the application Peepeth is a decentralized “weibo” platform that mimics Twitter in some ways. The platform is built using the Ethereum blockchain and IPFS. Another application called Memo.cash is a decentralized social network powered by the Bitcoin Cash blockchain. Essentially, anyone using the BCH blockchain can see all Memo posts, and each Memo account is associated with a BCH wallet address. Member.cash is another decentralized public platform for discussion and reputation built using the BCH chain. The Member.cash model is similar to Reddit, but uses the BCH network for censorship and decentralization.
The application called Minds utilizes the Ethereum (ETH) network and claims that it is accessible to everyone and that it is also anti-censorship. Those looking for alternatives to Youtube can try Dtube or Lbry. For example, the creator of Lbry said that the app is a decentralized content sharing and publishing platform that is fully owned by its users. There are many types of social media applications that use blockchain, decentralized technologies such as IPFS, and create places where anyone can post their ideas.
As usual, the biggest failure of all these apps is the lack of users, because most people are not biased towards decentralized social media. However, in the past few years, as nation-states intensified censorship and intensified their crackdown on anti-government speech, these platforms have grown significantly.
The best thing people can do now is to start migrating to social media applications that provide decentralization and resistance to blockchain censorship, because a dystopian world that looks terrifying like Fahrenheit 451 or 1984 is definitely by our side.
What do you think of countless censorship-resistant and blockchain-based social media applications? Let us know your thoughts on this topic in the comments section below.
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