Have you noticed what is taking place with the mainstream social media sites? This is really getting to the point it is almost humorous.
Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are all getting completely out of hand.
And it is the best thing that could ever happen to STEEM.
Last week, a number of the social media sites went after Alex Jones and InfoWars. This was only the beginning. Throughout the last 10 days or so, many on both the right and the left had action taken against their accounts. This even led to President Trump coming out and saying that social media is targeting conservatives unfairly (to be fair, the left was hit also).
I hope this situation continues to escalate. Facebook and YouTube both engaged in banning campaigns over the past couple of months. Many on here saw their accounts disappear for "violation of their terms of service". This means that, for many, years of work went down the drain.
In a little over a month, STEEM is going to have Hard Fork 20. One of the biggest changes that will come from this is the ability for applications to on-board users. No longer will Steemit be the sole entity doing that. This should allow STEEM to drastically increase the number of users approved on a weekly basis.
Can you see where I am going with this?
This is the perfect time to have an alternative social media platform. with the traditional sites going on a banning spree. All the publicity that Facebook generated over the past few months has upset a lot of people. Google, Facebook, and Spotify are following suit.
STEEM is ripe to take advantage of this situation. The applications on this blockchain are improving. While the other sites still have size on their side, STEEM offers a platform that does not censor. Everything that is placed on the blockchain is permanent (for the most part). At the same time, we welcome those who are ostracized by the "establishment".
It is unlikely that we are going to see the other sites stop what they started. Over the next few months, STEEM should position itself as an alternative choice which all viewpoints are accepted.
Many often question the state of cryptocurrency by asking what problem does it fix? Without getting into the naivety of this question, one big area that we have covered is for those who are disenfranchised. These people can have a voice on the STEEM blockchain.
The abusive power of centralized entities is starting to penetrate the mainstream. While they might not know about the alternative of decentralization, those that are turned away will eventually find what is being created. This is a major plus for everyone who is on here.
Entities that get so big and start to take their customers for granted tend to get sloppy. This is what I see taking place right now. Because of pressure coming from the outside, these companies are trying to show they are monitoring what is taking place. Ironically, they are only alienating the people who frequent those sites. Sure, today, there are hundreds of millions, if not billions, of users. Yet with each ban, there is a group of people who might be turned away.
STEEM is in the process of setting itself up nicely to grab a large slice of that traffic. With viable, working alternatives, we can see an easy transition for many. Having a sign up process that makes it easy to create thousands of accounts is imperative. By the end of September, we will have this.
I hope you are like me. Each time I see someone else banned from one of the main social media sites, I get excited. Those are ideal candidates to join the STEEM blockchain.
If STEEM even takes a small percentage of the users that Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter have, it will be a resounding success.
Things are starting to fall into place.
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