Centralized Social Media At It Again

It is always nice to wake up to having your account zapped. This was the situation for a number of crypto influencers.

Twitter staged another round if account suspensions. This time, it seems, it wasn't malicious on the company's part. Names such as MMcrypto, WSBchairman, themooncarl, KoroushAK, and TheCryptoDog along with Willy Woo and PlanB were hit. It seems Twitter though, for some reason they were spam accounts.

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Since this is obviously a mistake, these accounts will be restored with some verification and proof they weren't spamming.

Of course, this does not detract from the bigger picture.

The problem here is not the fact these accounts were suspended. What is the core issue is that Twitter, or any other social media company, can suspend or close an account to begin with. This is the crux of the matter.

Unlike this situation with Twitter, we saw other social media entities zap crypto influencer accounts on a number of occasions. Both YouTube and Facebook did this in the past. Naturally, when this happens, those people take to other centralized social media entities to complain. Yet rarely do they do anything about it.

A few of us were discussing this topic a couple of week back. It is amazing how the crypto influencers, for the most part, talk about decentralization and crypto, yet do it on centralized platforms. Certainly, we can understand some of the bigger ones leveraging what they built since it pays them significant money.

That said, you would think with the track record of what took place, they would at least back up their stuff on decentralized applications. For example, how many of these individuals opt to also use apps like 3Speak or Bitchute? While not fully decentralized yet, they do offer the ability to protect one's account (and work).


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This is a topic that is not going away. We are a number of months passed the election mess in the United States and we still see the same discussion, just with different players.

It is becoming obvious to many people that the centralization of social media is very dangerous. This puts enormous power in the hands of these companies, something they have shown they are willing to abuse. They are given the ability to hinder messages that are delivered, ultimately shaping the conversation about particular topics.

Overall, this is a bad sign for humanity and society in general. When a few elite individuals or entities can control the narrative, we move away from freedom. It is why some of the blockchain based social media applications like those being constructed on Hive are so crucial.

Jack Dorsey has espoused on a number of occasions the need to decentralize social media. He went so far as to call for plans to do that with Twitter. Of course, that was more than a year ago and nothing was done.

Nor will it.

The challenge is that, presuming he is genuine in his desire (a stretch), it does not fit into Twitter's business model. The fact is the major social media companies have shareholders to answer to. Their bread is buttered every 90 days when earnings are reported. This means money has to be generated.

To do this, the users are secondary in the equation. They are just pawns used to generate revenues. As these sites became popular, the data generated was harvested and sold to advertisers. Looking at the numbers, this is a very profitable approach.

That means that Wall Street shareholders are not going to allow Dorsey or any other tech executive slay their Golden Goose. Anything that works against increasing profits will be fiercely resisted.


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It is for this reason why it is senseless to work within the present system. There are too many entities that will resist doing anything different because the existing model is profitable to them. Change most likely means harming their proceeds which is not going to happen without a fight.

When it comes to social media, these companies are essentially set in their ways. They can talk all they want about stakeholder value, benefiting society, and freedom. The reality is they are all about control. This is how they erected their ecosystems. From the very beginning, they were meant to silo people behind their walls and keep them locked in. We see this across the entire tech industry.

Apple, Microsoft, Snapchat, and Tesla seek to do the same thing.

Control means dollars and that is ultimately what the name of the game is. Leveraging user bases for revenues is what these companies excel at. It is time people simply embrace that fact. The evidence is mounting on a regular basis for those who overlook it.

Thus, it is up to us to develop the alternatives. We do not need to ask permission to proceed with this mission. The idea of freedom when it comes to social media is one most support. So why do people insist on waiting for the existing entities to offer it?

This is why I am so optimistic about Hive. We are seeing steps taken to develop the tools to provide this to the masses. A couple of the projects encountered hiccups but seem to be on the path to bringing these applications to market. Once they hit, we will have a strong offering of decentralized social media DApps that include blogging, video creation, and "tweeting".

The best part is all of this will reside on a platform where one account handles it all AND it cannot be closed or suspended. At the same time, all content that is posted is forever out there. Nobody can take it down. For text it is on the blockchain while video will be on a decentralized video storage system where the content is on individual computers all over the world.

For now, what we are witnessing is the same ole stuff from the social media companies. They have the power to erased years of a digital footprint in a matter of seconds.

In the end, this will not change until we change it. This means constructing the social media platforms that provide the censorship resistance that people obviously need.


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Rather build around new technology where you not being frustrated by huge corporate flexing their muscles every time they wish to throw their toys out the cot...

!WINE

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We do need to build around the corporations.

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Some will see the value and join where strong communities exist. While others will try mimic a success story for self gain, decentralized was never intended to work in such a manner.

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Decentralisation on centralised social. medias will always be a ruse, when Jack Dorsey was blabbing about making twitter decentralised I knew it was just a huge joke for posterity and popularity sake, as for these big influencer it's all about the money for them, we get they've built all these yesrs on these medias but then they should be wiser now

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I believe that large companies and large websites do not like anyone having a great influence on people, especially if it comes to the crypto field.

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because the existing model is profitable to them
They do not like any renovation or development unless it is under their own authority
And this is what most governments do
I call it the "governmental mentality".

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I don't think hive and threespeak is widely talked about or known yet in order for people to back up their content here, but I see we are getting closer to the point were it will become "cool" to have an account on hive as well, if you don't like to be canceled and want peace of mind

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I see we are getting closer to the point were it will become "cool" to have an account on hive as well

I hope you are right. We are still struggling to get the attention we need.

ProjectBlank would be a great help today.

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I don't know how consumer watch dogs aren't all over it. There is probable cause now that Twitter is moving into cryptocurrancy that it is using its power to influence consumers.

It feels like and I could be wrong that They're blocking out the competition so that cent gets more of a public view. Cent allegedly is providing NFT services to Twitter.

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LOL in the US consumer watch dogs are a joke. I wouldnt put too much faith in them.

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They're pretty crappy here too but they do move in time to time. We have this news program called A Current Affair it's the Baby Boomers version of the police.

You call them and their news Ancor Tracy Grimshaw rocks up to do an "expose" you know you're fucked and boomers lynch mob will come for you. Doesn't matter how much cash or power you have. She's one of the most feared people in Australia.

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I am really excited to see how Project Blank unfolds. I think we have a lot of ideas about what it is going to be like and what we hope it is going to be like, but I actually want to see all of that stuff come together over time. Will it happen quickly? Will it be slower than we hope? That is the kind of stuff that I think is going to be really interesting. I hope our community continues to pound home how important this can be for so many people out there that have had their voices taken away.

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Until we answer those questions, we need to get there first.

This is like waiting for Christmas morning when you are a kid, it feels like we are stuck on December 2nd.

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Yeah, for sure. If I knew how long it was going to be I would make one of those paper chains so I could remove a link every night to countdown! Either that or buy a boozy advent calendar!

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All the better for us to attract more people here! That would also be a good way for the marketing guys of the marketing proposal to promote that aspect as hell!

Even if a couple of those people that got suspended join Hive it will be massive as i believe they will attract more and more!

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The problem is we dont have solutions for them right now. Few of them are long for bloggers.

That is the key to projectblank. Getting the twitter people.

It is why I feel we have a grand slam on our hands once it is released.

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The alternative platforms are in a stage of growing right now and the big tech platforms are still at the top. In terms of followers and outreach, Twitter and Youtube are still at the very top. This is why smaller platforms like those in HIVE need to promote themselves. At the same time, we need to slowly increase the usability of our platforms to make users stay. Even today, I dislike Lbry because it buffers so much while Youtube doesn't. 3Speak isn't that bad but it lacks the users so I don't know how it would handle the large stress.

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Ease of use certainly is not high on the list of things in crypto right now. All the platforms have drawbacks and are spotty. We will see how long it takes to unravel all this stuff.

In the meantime, we can only keep plugging along.

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It's still the path of least resistance for most people right now. Twitter and Facebook and YouTube are easy. End of story. Hive and 3speak etc. have a learning curve. Until you have an actual reason to go through that learning curve, most people are going to stay with easy. The reasons mount every day, thus more and more people are searching, but you have to want to be on Hive to get here. It's hard to just stumble across it and enter. That said, the projects being built are starting to provide plenty of reasons. We just have to continue to make those reasons known to the rest of the world and continue to make them easier to use once they get here.

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That is true. It is also why Leofinance has a great idea with the Twitter and soon to be Fb and google log ins. This makes it easier for people to transition over while learning about all that stuff.

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Hey taskmaster! I wanted to thank you for the content that you produce in advocating for hive blockchain.
I have found you and theycallmedan vary inspiring, and educational.

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Glad that you find it helpful.

Am also honored to be placed in the same sentence as theycallmedan.

I will keep trying to keep you up on what is happening and provide some insight as to what I think it all means.

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If you have some time for me in the future, I’d like to produce a podcast with me and you talking about all this different stuff. If you have 30minutes to 2 hours, I’d love the opportunity to talk with you for as long as you can afford to do so.

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I wrote a blog about the same subject today. I didn't see yours.
I think 2021 is the year that more people will move away from the big data collectors Google and Facebook and this opens opportunities for decentralised platforms like Hive, Noise.Cash and #ProjectBlank to welcome a lot of new people.

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Yeah the opportunity is there for someone to come in and profit.

We need to get things rolling though. Hard to sit on the sidelines knowing we have a great app in the works yet it is not here.

Think of what we could be doing today on twitter if we had projectblank.

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Looks like they presume and judge instead of just asking outright. What happened to people working to some sort of code that you are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Twitter and the likes will at some point regret their non social approach and it has to back fire.

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A few of us were discussing this topic a couple of week back. It is amazing how the crypto influencers, for the most part, talk about decentralization and crypto, yet do it on centralized platforms.

What's even more amazing is how many ONLY use centralized platforms instead of diversifying and mirroring their content on decentralized platforms. Why put all your eggs in one basket? Makes no sense to me.

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Information is vital lately.
Having one company decide the faith
of your account is a huge issue.
The solution is already here.
Hope we manage to spread it for everyone
to come and join decentralized social media.
A lot of work ahead of us.

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My honest opinion is i think the reason decentralized social media doesn't make alot of progress is because i think it doesn't really resonate with people in any sense of urgency. If we look back 20 years ago we could use p2p networks to establish private networks outside of mainstream social media. We did that over the decades and they never caught fire and there still to date has been no major breaches or 1984 scenarios.

That's all important because people have a long history of not acting until there is a clear and present danger. So i think it's kinda at this point a waste of time to focus on that narrative. I think what we should focus on is the clear and present danger of automation.

That's what i think resonates with people and the mainstream. Like i don't think in 50 years or more we'll have the issues with centralized social media we're thinking about. I think we will need to focus on a world that can employ people. A world where a low skilled worker or limited capacity thinking individual can still do something of some value or production and earn a living from it.

So i feel that will happen in the entertainment and even gaming areas. I literally think people going to be sitting around one day doing these blogs sending value to one another to make up for the shortcomings of jobs that won't be available. So i think its' more useful to bring that to their attention other than if some jerk got kicked off social media. You're going to always have the concern of okay if we going to let anything go online and you just accept it and avoid it. Well you're always going to have a society of folks who don't wanna be part of that platform. So that's a complicated situation where many people don't think the same. For example let me ask you this question.

When certain people get kicked off platforms do you feel everyone agrees they should be allowed to stay on them in their community? Absolutely not people don't all feel the same. So they won't all adopt this idea of everyone should have the freedom to incite what in some cases could be very dangerous. I'm not saying that the government should have the right to any suppression or control over the people. However at the end of the day in most western governments the people should be represented in which case the people should be holding their governments responsible.

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Good one about how the crypto advocates don't follow their own advice and come blog here.

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