The growing case to move onto the Steem network

in steem •  2 months ago

Yesterday I wrote a piece on censorship and a few minutes ago @acidyo handed me this related video in a chat where a prominent Youtuber (PaymoneyWubby) was given a strike for "inappropriate content" after reviewing another Youtube channel's content. I thought it is worth a few moments to think about and write on.

The reason for removal given:

  • Youtube isn't the place for nudity or sexually provocative content

Remember that this was a review of content on another Youtube channel that is still operating and available.

As he says, his channel will always be under-promoted, locked down and his channel growth comes through Reddit and word of mouth. The Youtube response also says that additional strikes will result in harsher measures or account termination. PaymoneyWubby then mentions that he thinks it bothers them that he finds content on their platform that they don't want people to see and that this video will likely end up on another platform anyway.

He bring up a couple interesting point too such as:

  • he believes he didn't violate their terms of usage
  • he hopes Youtube will overturn their decision
  • you think you have control over your channel but Youtube deletes the biggest video
  • if he didn't have copies his work would be gone from existence
  • Youtube picks and chooses favourites
  • support content creators in other places
  • he hopes that Youtube make it clear what is suitable

There are so many parts to this all, but do you see the issues with some of these things? A content producer who has developed and built their work up, created a space, a brand and maintained an audience and has likely made a great deal of money for Youtube in various ways, can be demonetized, deplatformed and threatened whenever the central authority decides they no longer like what is presented. And then, he has to hope the decision is reversed, hope that that they improve their guidelines.

Now, what is his audience's opinion? This is what the centralized platforms so often ignore, the free-market of consumption and purchase decisions we the audience make. What they are doing when they remove content (the video had ~3 million views) is making a decision on what they think is appropriate and not appropriate for us to watch.

This is why Steem and dApps

What many people rarely recognize is that what Steem is a content delivery system that runs parallel to the internet content systems that most know. It can do all of the same things (given development) but provides a host of other benefits that users and consumers can leverage in various ways to benefit from and protect their voice and content.

For example, when it comes to terms of usage and what is suitable for Steem, it is almost completely up to the discretion of the contributor with the consumers the ones empowered to raise or fall. Content is coded, timestamped and distributed to many points so that it is censor resistant and uncontrolled by any centralized authority.

No one can be cut-off

One of the largest powers the centralized platforms has is the ability to not only cut off a voice, but ostracize them from their community overnight - a community the have worked hard to build and create a relationship with a community that wants their content. On Steem, even if one interface or application decided to censor or ban a user or, if that platform discontinued its service for whatever reason, that user can move over to another platform, keep the fan base connected and informed in carious ways and, not necessarily lose income because of it as consumers are the ones that are providing from Steem, not Steem itself.

A place to breathe free

I wrote another piece the other day about Steem acquiring users by supporting communities and this is what I mean by it. The community need not be like the supporting the banned Tumblr accounts, it can be a community that surrounds a Youtuber. What people forget is that while the contributor is demonetized, their consumers are cut-off from content they enjoy and demand simultaneously. It is like having your favourite show axed because of not enough viwers except the amount of viewers doesn't matter on Youtube to the consumer, they are there for the content itself.

Steem not only offers a home for contributors but also for the audience that supports them. The audience then is empowered to make decisions on who they support and if they like the content and the contributor is willing, no one can take that relationship away. It is a much more pure form of deal as it is directly between 'buyer and seller' without a middleman filter to decide what either are 'allowed' to do - and take a large cut to boot.

Playing favourites

While there will be an increasing number of algorithms that come into play to filter content, it will be done at the application level and not at the blockchain level. What this means is that while one interface might hide content, another can choose to show it and not only that, there is an increasing range of applications and tools that can develop more and more views of the information stored on the blockchain. This means that while one application might filter some content, another can empower that same content and monetize it heavily.

In the case of Tumblr's material for example, it is completely possible to have a dedicated application that looks and feels just like Tumblr but is immutable and open for usage while another application decides not to show any of it. This means that communities can form around content type or topic while all residing on and leveraging the same infrastructure. If one point fails, it can be replicated somewhere else easily.

And the income?

Ah, that is the beauty of the system isn't it? As not only is it possible to earn on the platform, it is possible to reward on Steem too and, it can come out of a pool of replenishing resources instead of mere direct payments. This is something that empowers contributor, consumer and community as it creates an ecosystem and economy that supports content development, consumption and freedom of content purchase. If one wants to support a creator, they can, if one wants to support a genre or community, they can, if one wants to build an entire system that provides opportunity to a niche content type, they can. It is all available, it is all shareable, it is all free.

Even the transaction transfers across the globe between users is free and no one takes a cut. Send 10 steem to your favourite user and, they will receive 10 Steem. Of course, one can also vote on their content and reward them directly out of the pool as well as taking a percentage of the value themselves.

Diversity of thought

Another massive benefit of Steem many discount is that it provides a complete range of options for diverse content types and this will improve even more over time. While someone might game on Twitch, vlog on Youtube and blog on Medium, it means that they have to go through the process of building and maintaining separate communities and the chance of leverageable overlap is smaller.

On Steem, one can have a pool of supporters who can at their own discretion choose which content they support. They might love the gaming but not care much about reading the blog so, they can scroll on through their feed of users they follow and be provided mor of what they like. In time, applications will add additional filters to further refine and customize these views at the user level.

A change in delivery

The world of content delivery through "free" platforms that make us the the product is ending and more and more we are seeing the move from free to freemium and and subscription based models that cut out middlemen. This has been happening for a couple years already now but it is just starting to gather momentum and the movement that links supplier directly with buyer is going to more and more leverage blockchain technology and tokenized currencies that provide the economy to back content creation.

Steem allows for all of the different content mediums to not only exist together in the same ecosystem but, monetize them seemlessly across all areas. A podcaster who writes and gives talks can have the entire pool of their material put into the eyes of their audience without having to cross between delivery systems, without having to trust centralized authorities on all of the different platforms not to cut them off.

Distributing risk

Lately we have seen that once one major platform makes a move to demonetize, the rest follow suit. This is because that on all of the major platforms, it is the same media houses, advertising houses and large advertisers providing the income. If they want a person gone on one, they want them gone on all.As a content creator, that is a very restrictive, manipulative and oppressive system.

Steem is a distributed ledger, an account of data and information and by design is resistant to all kinds of centralized authoritative attacks on information restriction, containment and concealment. This is not just important for those who want to speak their minds, it is important for those who want access to information without it having been sanitized for them by a group with an agenda.

Supporting the we of us

In the end, Steem, blockchain and cryptocurrencies will look, operate and perform much like we are already used to with applications and contributors doing much of the same but, underlying it all will b a system that is fundamentally different because, no one can stop it, no one can control it, no one can make the decision. It will take many of us.

We have all heard that on the social platforms, we are the product and this is true. As horrible as that is, the more sinister side of it is that while we use them, support them, create for them and rely on them for our information and incomes, we need them more and more.

However, the more we need them, the more disposable we become.

Rather than fighting for reviews of bans and more clear rules, it is time that we as the products and the buyers start creating places that are designed for us and free for us to be who we choose and, consume as we choose. Whether investor, develop, contributor or consumer - Build on Steem.

Taraz
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Would be awesome if he got to read this post and consider checking out the Steem blockchain for a social media platform he can trust!

I'll give anyone that retweets this an upvote :) Just post a screenshot of you having retweeted in a reply to this comment.

https://twitter.com/oAcido/status/1076692881304416256

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Sure this needs big visibility. Resteemed & retweeted.
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Retweeted and followed you there too
However it will be difficult for him to join any other platform, 407K is a lot


Nice article again @tarazkp!


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It is worth retweeting 👏
Also, I tweeted the video...

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we definitely need to give this wide dissemination, I hope that he will get information about the blockchain Steem

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Let's make sure he reads this post.

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Emailed Wubby already this morning about this, hopefully he takes a look :)

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Cheers mate and Merry Christmas too.

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Cheers, that is a great idea! I will put this at the top so it is first comment and visible.

Another great post - I love steem's social media systems, the freedom of voice to share what I want, how I want, without the need to push my view (for a living selling), I can just share it and don't get smashed in the face with bad mouth remarks for being me

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It is going to keep growing, more apps, more interfaces, games, communities etc. If it all comes together well, it is going to be quite an incredible place to play around in.

Have resteemed and tweeted this post. Probably the best explanation of the benefits and potential for true "free speech" available on steem.

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Apparently someone critiqued his video, of the critique..

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I only flicked through but I have some issues of their review of the review :D
It doesn't really matter though, neither are worth being censored.

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If you read between the lines... Youtube had no choice but to censor him, because if they didn't... then Google becomes liable for "allowing to exist" the same thing that he brought attention to...

If you're going to knock Google, and Youtube -- rule of thumb -- don't use their platform to do it.

Apparently this youtuber has millions of views and huge popularity. Self preservation of youtube and her following must have been the deciding factor taken into account by their team.

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There is some very, very strange things on Youtube, especially things aimed at children that is auto created and uploaded. The internet is a weird place.

I think most of the internet these days is publicity stunt, including a lot of the bans that are going on.

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Without knowing for sure... I have this feeling that Youtube and google in general is undergoing problems with the amount of money it use to generate vs these days.

Youtube is an expensive product to offer.. vs the return on investment they get.

Which makes the space ripe for someone else to come in... and do it "better".

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I think the free model has been failing for a while and it is turning more toward premium service like netflix / spotify etc. I tihnk we might be the next evolution in that where we become the owners, operators and contributors of the services themselves. Maybe that is worth a post :D

My easily getting annoyed by control freak behaviour is one of the reasons I want stuff like this to succeed, and I don't even have these Youtube problems :) (too small to begin with and also didn't like how they operated so I went through a little bit of just using them as video hosting and then finally bailed when I foumd bitchute and then dtube happened)

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I am authority adverse myself ;)

What needs to happen is the ability to store videos longterm in a decentralized manner.

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The way dtube is doing it is fine. The problem is purely most people expecting it to work like YouTube. Being decentralised means all of us need to be willing to spin up a server instance or donate some hard drive space (I think there’s some crypto projects centred around those ideas too) to pin our own and other people’s videos. More people pinning makes it faster and less likely to disappear 😄

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Being decentralised means all of us need to be willing to spin up a server instance or donate some hard drive space (I think there’s some crypto projects centred around those ideas too)

I guess it would work like a torrent system?

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Kind of.

Now that you mention it I think if it’s possible for ipfs and webtorrent to work side by side dtube could implement webtorrent as well as while it’s probably not quite as sophisticated as ipfs it’s a lot easier for a non-techy user to set up. When I was playing around with bitchute I downloaded a webtorrent client for my os and grabbed the magnet link for my test video, bang done. Also viewers can temporarily seed while on the page, though some people have tantrums about stuff like that (which I think is fair enough if they’re actually not informed).

Ipfs was slightly more involved 😆

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Last year, in August, we started moving our content from Youtube to the Steem blockchain. We weren't really expecting much. But when the price of Steem suddenly started going up, it actually seemed like a good alternative to Youtube and other social media platforms, and for a few weeks it seemed like we could offset a lower initial user base by being able to invest more in creating better content with higher production value. That would, in time, lead to more attention and a broader audience. Sadly, when the price went down, that idea went out the door. What we were left with was just another platform that's there as a secondary back-up, like LBRY.

Why? Very few people actually use Steemit for the content itself. Half that million users are bots and alt accounts, getting your content out there was mostly a matter of paying bots to propagate and hope some actual humans see it. You have to "game" the system as much as you would the Youtube algorithm, and honestly I have no patience for that bullshit. And then there's the issue of some dApps jumping ship to different blockchains. So that effort was wasted.

Maybe in a few years (if it's not replaced by something better that actually invested in developing itself when its currency had value instead of investing millions in dLive), Steemit will be a viable alternative for content creators. Until then, the burden of growing the platform is put on the content creators, which isn't really an optimal situation, since a content creator is a bit busy actually making stuff, not marketing one of the dozen platforms they put their content on, hoping that it'll reach an audience it will resonate with.

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Luckilly not all here on steemit are so pesimistic

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Were you on Youtube in 2005? It would have been a bit different wouldn't it?

What we were left with was just another platform that's there as a secondary back-up, like LBRY.

I don't think people have yet understood the importance of this. Those who do understand are going to be able to build and leverage a new economy while the others are likely continually going to be under pressure on their 'home' platforms.

Maybe in a few years (if it's not replaced by something better that actually invested in developing itself when its currency had value instead of investing millions in dLive), Steemit will be a viable alternative for content creators.

The only people who invested millions into dlive were the investors that paid for it before they were on Steem. They made something like 70,000 from Steem if I remember plus a few more thousand fot their circlejerk team members.

Until then, the burden of growing the platform is put on the content creators, which isn't really an optimal situation,

No, content creators are only one part of the equation here.

since a content creator is a bit busy actually making stuff, not marketing one of the dozen platforms they put their content on, hoping that it'll reach an audience it will resonate with.

Even in that video he was marketing Twitch.

Luckily, Steem is an opt-in platform that no one needs to be part of if they choose =)

Incredible to believe that all of these delivery alternatives come from one ecosystem with the flexibility of doing so much more like you mention. In addition, consider all the other possibilities with future SMTs, more exchanges, and other ways to engage with fans like games and crowdfunding... Potential is limitless!

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Potential is limitless!

I think because most people fist come into a bloggersphere, they limit what content is. have you seen dlux?

We have so many benifits to offer that bringing people like that to the system is a no brainer. The only two drawbacks I see are if he tries to sign up himself it likely will be delayed or not go through. The other one is the 7 day payout limit which I find very restrictive. Especially for people starting out who will take time to build a following. Most of the biggest videos on YouTube gain views and value over time whereas here the dissappear and gain no value after 1 week. That can be a big bridge for established youtubers like that.

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The 7 day payout is an issue but as far as I know, there are ways around it and there are ways an SMT application can deliver it differently. I think it will change in time anyway though as I think it was a limitation put on to manage the calculations.

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I had thought about SMT's going around the problem alright. Any app being able to keep paying out weekly in their own token which we can then exchange for steem. If we ever see them. Still this should be a big year for the chain as there is so much poised to come out.

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Interesting post. Amazing interest in the upvote.
Resteemed.
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This post raises the possibility of a Facebook-killer app. Imagine an app on the blockchain that emulates much of Facebook's abilities, with distributed processing, etc.

The only downside I can think of is responsibility for illegal content. Youtube, etc. police content for illegality: child pornography, incitement to violence, etc. LiveJournal and Tumblr overreacted to nudity and sex and prohibited them completely. The former is gone AFAIK and the latter may very well follow. Gab.ai did no policing and is now gone due to scandal. The risk to blockchain-supported apps is that they may become islands of extremism and illegality and thus abandoned.

I'm not going to pretend to know the answers. These questions are very difficult and inseparable from censorship. A lot of people will have to do a lot of thinking about them.

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Imagine an app on the blockchain that emulates much of Facebook's abilities, with distributed processing, etc.

Yep. I have wondered if it is possible to lay an anchored skin over the existing apps and then add steem functions :)

The risk to blockchain-supported apps is that they may become islands of extremism and illegality and thus abandoned.

Some very will be but at the same time, there will be other applications that do manage their content in various ways that could be very mainstream. I guess it is about choice.

I'm not going to pretend to know the answers. These questions are very difficult and inseparable from censorship. A lot of people will have to do a lot of thinking about them.

I don't know either but I figure that is what we are here for, to find out if we can solve some of these issues.

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Another problem with a Facebook killer is the risk of deanonymization. Most blockchain users are pseudonymous, like yours truly. FB is intentionally nonanonymous so you exactly whom you're dealing with. The FB killer would have to be implemented so that there's no risk of linking a user's real name with his blockchain identity.

I think more and more creators will become increasingly tired with Youtube. Nowadays it's extremely easy to have your video demonetized and so far there is no real alternative out there being able to put a fight against Youtube.

Dtube might be able to pull it off I think.

What channels do you guys follow on dtube?

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not just that, with so many users it is likely that many aren't able to get monetized at all due to the algorithms.

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