For the past few days, the world has seen the crackdown by Big Tech and social media after the incident that happened on Capitol Hill a few days ago. For the past 48 hours, US President Donald Trump, many right-wing supporters, and literally anyone who speaks out against the US administration have been censored. The extreme Big Tech censorship has prompted a large number of social media participants to look for censorship-resistant alternatives.
The Purge of Big Tech
In 2020 and 2021, the mainstream media, along with the help of Twitter, Google, Apple, YouTube, Amazon and Facebook, has managed to launder the corruption and outrageous acts caused by the US bureaucracy. After the great protest in Washington and the protesters who managed to enter the Capitol; videos, photos and viral messages on social media spread across the internet documenting the events of the day. When all was said and done, Big Tech and the social media giants began to sort out any dissent in just hours.
These technology companies become the state.
Privacy violations, blatant bans and an extraordinary willingness to appease increasingly authoritarian governments.
– russ (@RussellOkung) January 9, 2021
On January 7, Facebook announced the deletion of President Trump’s page and also said that all commentary would be deleted that “show praise and support for the storming of the US Capitol.” Facebook said they would also delete messages calling for peaceful protests, in addition to photos and videos of the Capitol breach.
History and future Americans will not kindly judge those who, in times of crisis, chose to censor and silence their fellow Americans.
– Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) January 9, 2021
Facebook has also implemented a new feature that asks the user if they are sure they want to post. The company has begun to cleanse any dissent against the US bureaucracy and plans to “update labels on messages” and add more fact-checkers. Facebook said the company will use “AI to downgrade content that is likely to violate our policies.”
85,000 followers were removed in a day and a half.
I think the Twitter folks have missed all the liberal blather about ‘unity’.
– James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) January 9, 2021
Additionally, Twitter decided to follow Facebook’s censorship path as well, and too prohibited the @ realdonaldtrump account with 87 million followers. Twitter called the president’s account a “risk” that could further incite violence and called the Capitol breach “horrific.” The company highlighted two tweets written by Trump, saying they glorified violence. After removing Trump’s account, Twitter too cut the followers of many activists who have shown signs of dissent.
Silicon Valley took over on January 9, 2021. Welcome to a new world.
– Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) January 9, 2021
Furthermore, leftists have applauded the censorship and a large majority of bureaucrats have also joined the purge. Some of them even have called on Apple and Google for removing censorship-resistant social media apps like Parler. Lots of progressives have fully supported the censorship of dissent, and calls for even more censorship.
Decentralized Networks and Blockchain-Based Social Media Alternatives
The intense censorship storm has prompted a large number of people to leave Twitter and Facebook and look for alternatives. Of course there are decentralized alternatives that don’t use blockchain technology like To spread, Mastodon, Parler, Flote, Sola, and Manyverse, but there are many social media apps that use blockchain technology.
A blockchain-based social media application works much like the popular social media giants that we all use today, but they also allow people to post content in a censorship-resistant and immutable way.
Right now, there are a few blockchain-based alternative social media sites that allow people to talk and share content in an unchanging way. Some of these applications have been working for a few years now, and some are just starting to jump-start the social network. These platforms are also built on various blockchains such as Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, IOTA, EOS, and more.
A few of the apps also use blockchain technology as well as the Inter-Planetary File System (ipfs.io) in a combination. Blockchain apps that people can sign up for and test today include platforms such as Vote, Memo.cash, Peepeth, Member.cash, Socialx, Sapien, Lbry, Dtube, All me, Minds, Society 2, Peakd, Beehive, and Girerening.
For example, the Peepeth app is a decentralized ‘microblogging’ platform that emulates Twitter in some way. The platform is built using the Ethereum blockchain and IPFS. Another application called Memo.cash is one decentralized social network powered by the Bitcoin Cash blockchain. Essentially, all Memo messages are visible to anyone using the BCH blockchain, where each Memo account is linked to a BCH wallet address. Member.cash is another decentralized public discussion and reputation platform built using the BCH chain. The Member.cash model is similar to Reddit, but uses it BCH network for censorship resistance and decentralization.
The application called Minds uses the Ethereum (ETH) network and claims to be open to everyone, saying it is also censorship resistant. People looking for YouTube alternatives can try Dtube or Lbry. For example, the creators of Lbry say the app is a decentralized content sharing and publishing platform that is wholly owned by the users. There are many types of social media applications that use blockchain, decentralization techniques such as IPFS, and have created places where everyone can voice their opinions.
As usual, the main drawback of all these applications is the lack of users as most people are not attracted to decentralized social media. However, in recent years, as nation states have stepped up censorship and stepped up crackdown on anti-government rhetoric, these platforms have seen significant growth.
The best thing people can do right now is start migrating to social media applications that provide decentralization and blockchain censorship resilience, as the dystopian world that is very much like Fahrenheit 451 or 1984 is definitely coming our way.
What do you think of the myriad of censorship-resistant and blockchain-based social media applications? Let us know what you think about this topic in the comments below.
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