What brought me to Steemit?
Knowing what kind of censorship I deal with on my social media accounts a few friends and followers suggested that I try Steemit. They explained how censorship and policing were very lax and that the readers and curators were very open minded. I figured it would definitely be something worth trying. A few weeks after I started posting my articles I started to receive lots of great feedback from readers. My opinion of Steemit only grew with each passing day. It was actually better than I expected.
What it’s like being an independent journalist?
It's a very interesting "job" and I put job in quotations because although I am providing a service and product (my articles) most of the rewards that one receives are altruistic in nature, the thank you messages and emails, are a great boost for moral but the financial rewards are very little and almost nonexistent. What I do on any given day is write articles, post, tweet, conduct interviews, research, do in depth analysis, and interact on my posts with my readers.
What do I like about Steemit?
One of the attractive elements of steemit for reader funded independent investigative journalists such as myself is financial compensation from readers. As anyone in the truth telling arena will tell you, most publications in alternative media do not pay for articles. That is the biggest downside to doing what we do. This is the sort of thing that is entirely driven by passion. You have to make a lot of sacrifices in order to stay in this “business” where your payment is usually great feedback from readers who are very thankful for your time, dedication, and ability to share important facts in an understandable way in layman terms.
Considering how censorship is rampant on other social media sites and this is intentionally done to shut down independent free thinking investigative writers such as myself that do not conform or parrot the mainstream media narrative, the lack of censorship here is definitely advantageous.
I think many of us realize that the power of free speech is dwindling and unless we fight back it will be completely taken away, ironically enough not only is the media behind this but the brainwashed members of our society are also contributing to this silencing of dissident voices.
What have I contributed to Steemit in three months?
I have contributed all self curated high quality material, and have received a lot of great feedback from readers who value and appreciate my contributions to the steemit community. I have interacted with the steemit community as I would my readers on my site (which is not monetized) or on my social media accounts (which also are not monetized). I have taken the time to answer questions, reply to comments, and have made sure to graciously thank those who have up voted and commented on my posts.
Why am I writing this post?
The purpose of this post is two fold:
1. Calling the Steemit communities attention to two accounts that have targeted me with incessant intimidation, bullying, and false allegations. Which all contribute to this great community becoming hostile and unfriendly.
2. Providing you, my readers with the opportunity to advise me as to what you think the best course of action should be. Should I stop contributing? Do we let two accounts get away with this behavior without any repercussions?
Why is my reputation and credibility so important to me?
As an independent journalist, my reputation and credibility are what differentiate me from your mainstream media content pushers. I spend hours upon hours researching, cross referencing, double and triple checking facts before I put my name on an article. I have NEVER had a publication pull an article that I wrote when I have been attacked by people that disagree with the views being expressed, why? Because I am known to be reliable and very thorough. My articles are frequently compared to research papers, that’s how jam packed with facts and references they are.
That’s why I will not sit back and allow two anonymous accounts to continue to attack and down vote me based on their illogical views or because I do not conform to the official narrative.
Who are these two accounts?
What I have noticed over the past few months is that there are two accounts that are hellbent on downvoting my posts and comments. “Bloom” and “Ronahi” are on a mission to silence me. I would like to bring attention to these accounts in a public forum, in hopes that reasonable action can be taken by the Steemit community and especially my followers whether they be minnows, dolphins, or whales to stop this misuse of power. These are the only two accounts that I have seen down vote my posts and comments.
Now I admittedly do not know much about down voting, all I know is that I have seen a significant drop and no improvement in my “wallet” for the past almost two months. Even though I am still contributing high quality content and it’s being up voted.
I became curious as to why my account was dropping and took to steemd.com to find out what I could. What I found was that there were only two accounts that had ever down voted me. So I went on to do a little deeper digger to find out who and why?
These are all of the times that these two accounts have down voted my posts and comments (there could be more, I only went back 35 days):
bloom downvote @sarahabed/the-war-on-syria-debunking-progressive-… (-100%) 3 hours ago
ronahi downvote @sarahabed/re-ronahi-racism-and-slander-against-ku… (-100%) 5 hours ago
ronahi downvote @sarahabed/re-sarahabed-re-ronahi-racism-and-sland… (-100%) 5 hours ago
bloom downvote @sarahabed/re-sarahabed-re-ronahi-racism-and-sland… (-25%)
bloom downvote @sarahabed/re-ronahi-racism-and-slander-against-ku… (-25%)
bloom downvote @sarahabed/syria-the-criminal-empire-s-strategy-of… (-100%)
bloom downvote @sarahabed/empire-uses-kurds-as-pawns-in-its-imper… (-100%)
ronahi downvote @sarahabed/the-kurds-historical-revisionism-and-th… (-100%)
ronahi downvote @sarahabed/iraq-discrimination-against-feyli-kurds (-100%)
ronahi downvote @sarahabed/kurdish-independence-and-disunity (-100%) 17 days ago
ronahi downvote @sarahabed/the-kurds-ultra-leftist-opportunists-or… (-100%) 17 days ago
ronahi downvote @sarahabed/kurds-and-assyrians-a-tumultuous-past-a… (-100%) 17 days ago
ronahi downvote @sarahabed/modern-day-horrors-kurds-disarm-assyria… (-100%) 17 days ago
ronahi downvote @sarahabed/kurdish-pkk-and-ypg-s-hidden-notorious-… (-100%) 17 days ago
ronahi downvote @sarahabed/syria-sdf-and-daesh-an-unholy-alliance-… (-100%) 17 days ago
ronahi downvote @sarahabed/the-kurdish-pjak-is-being-used-by-israe… (-100%) 17 days ago
ronahi downvote @sarahabed/the-kurds-make-illegal-claims-for-auton… (-100%) 17 days ago
ronahi downvote @sarahabed/separatist-kurds-a-history-of-human-rig… (-100%)
bloom downvote @sarahabed/separatist-kurds-a-history-of-human-rig… (-100%)
bloom downvote @sarahabed/the-kurds-make-illegal-claims-for-auton… (-100%)
bloom downvote @sarahabed/syria-sdf-and-daesh-an-unholy-alliance-… (-100 %) 27 days ago
bloom downvote @sarahabed/the-kurds-ultra-leftist-opportunists-or… (-100%) 35 days ago
bloom downvote @sarahabed/kurdish-pkk-and-ypg-s-hidden-notorious-… (-100%) 35 days ago
After noticing my latest post went down the toilet I decided to find out who has been downvoting me. I came across the culprit. A Steemer by the name of @Bloom. After a quick look at their SteemMD page and Steem Blog. It seems that all they do is resteem posts and vote, but mostly down votes posts they don't like. They have also made two comments, and guess what one of those was about....flagging someone. It's very obvious from how they voted what their politics are (left wing), and they are using their Steem power to further their agenda.I notice there's a lot of regular deposits into their account through Bittrex. Is someone funding this behaviour?
This needs addressing or Steem will turn into a warzone with no currency creation.
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This same user also wrote this post Steemit users like @Bloom are being paid to do nothing but down vote "anti Israel" content, they have not posted a single post on their blog, yet their account is worth over $4000. You can see by their Steemd page that regular payments of very similar amounts are made into their account through Bitrex.
Just imagine what would happen to Steemit if all we did was down vote everything we saw that we didn't agree with, bye bye Steem currency. They down vote anything that mentions historical facts and events that show Israel in a bad light such as Israel's illegal use of phosphorus bombs.
Such groups as: Wikimedia Israel
Wikimedia Israel (In Hebrew ויקימדיה ישראל) is an Israeli non profit organization working in cooperation with the Wikimedia Foundation to promote knowledge and education in Israel through the collection and dissemination of free content and the initiation of projects to facilitate access to databases.
My Israel and the Yesha Council
My Israel (Hebrew: ישראל שלי, Yisra'el Sheli) is an Israel right wing extra-parliamentary movement. Its website describes it as a "movement for Zionist activity".
The Yesha (Judea and Samaria) Council’s new website, as introduced at a public conference in Jerusalem on Sunday, teaches Land of Israel supporters how to take full advantage of the internet to promote Zionist nationalist ideals.
Of course this type of behavior will put a dent in the value of Steem, especially if it makes those flagged retaliate by doing the same, not to mention making earning any money from it impossible unless you have a huge following.Some eye opening quotes from those Israeli's.
“I personally try to edit things that are against Israel, I have the power and the right to change that""I came here to learn more about how we as Israeli's and as Jews can defend Israel online on the internet and particularly in Wikipedia in this case"
"The goal of the day is to teach people how to edit Wikipedia which is the number one source of information today in the world""We wanna be there, we wanna be the guys who influence what is written there, how is written and insure that is balanced and Zionist in nature"
Here was a comment in response to this post and I personally think it's really awful advice: bi5h0p 4 months [email protected]
"I see what has been happening to your recent posts and I think it is most troublesome.Obviously, you have raised the ire of someone who is in possession of much more Steem Power than you.This situation is not fair. We call this, "Capitalism." Or, "He Who Owns the Gold, Makes the Rules."Suck it up, buttercup. Get with the program. Someone is trying to teach you how to adjust your approach to "THEIR" platform - and they have the balls to back it up. Might I make a suggestion?
Adjust your tone, your content, your posts, your tags accordingly. Learn the "rules" of SteemIt. Once you know what they are, I believe you will still be able to get your point of view across, without the continued harassment from the whales. They are sometimes big & clumsy things that accidentally sink your ship, throw you around, and make a general nuisance out of themselves. For now, sail into some calmer waters, get out of the area, and regroup. It will be less frustrating for you, if you do so."
Basically the above comment is saying that you need to conform to the accepted narrative or else you will get harassed until you do. Is that really what people should be doing here on steemit? Being intimidated to censor themselves to fit official narratives?
Here is an excerpt from an interesting post that I found when searching for information on flagging. I would have no problem agreeing with if flagging/downvoting was done reasonably and not in the vicious manner that both bloom and ronahi have exhibited:
"The definite downside of flagging is increased drama. People simply do not react well to being flagged. It leads to rant posts, flag wars, whining, all the stuff we've seen on Steemit since the beginning. And those of us that have been here longer have seen quite a lot of this stuff. But I don't think we should avoid using what is a fundamental part of the platform in the fear of drama - and on top of that, I don't think we should tolerate the drama, period."
Here’s a question: Why can't we block accounts that down vote us incessantly? I have looked into bloom and rarely does he give other people a 100% downvote, but he almost always does that to me. Why should I have to tolerate his immature behavior? Who is funding him? Is it the Israeli government perhaps?
Here is part of a comment that @globocop made about bloom. He is absolutely right in his assessment. This is exactly what is happening to me by bloom.
“There is a steemit.chat channel #steemitabuse, where I just today flagged such a user who has been downvoting one of my followers for whatever grudge they hold for days on end. How can we deal more effectively with these type of rogue accounts? It is abuse of the system and doing harm to users for expressing their views, or just for reporting facts. I am subscribing to some users whom I do not agree with politically - yet I am still interested in their thinking. Let's have a debate. Let's exchange ideas. Convince me with facts and logic if you can. People work hard in many cases. They work for the rewards, for steem power and reputation. Abusing by blanket downvoting is theft. I think this is a pertinent subject - for who will be next to be abused in such way?
How then do we deal with that?ch @globocop”
And here bloom’s response to the above comment on the same post:
bloom43 · 4 months ago
“The example @globocop mentioned (calling my recent flagging 'abuse', possibly without spending enough time to understand the issue) was the following: when looking into an account that I already earlier identified and downvoted as a troll/spam/hate speech account, I found the post: https://steemit.com/artificial/@runaway-slave/any-country-with-noble-aspirations-moral-goals-religious-polities-like-russia-he-ll-bring-all-his-artificial-influence-to-bear
This post is a typical example of anti-Semitic hate speech: who is 'he' who wants to destroy? - hint: the post title/text is a quote from the article linked in the post. It is also typical that anti-Semitic intention is just hidden enough that it cannot be found and identified with google-search as anti-Semitic hate speech, but of course their followers and the anti-Semitic community will understand. This suggests that the author might be experienced in smear campaigns against minorities. By defending their follower-friend (above, in the thread https://steemd.com/music-molecules/@runaway-slave/the-music-of-molecules-trippy-and-cool-gld-slv-music-to-my-ears-wonder-what-cryptos-sound-like-erratic-static and on steemit.chat), @globocop gives the impression that they support this kind of hate speech. Posts like this that should not tolerated, and of course, I applied a full down vote/flag to that post (and I hope that readers, after checking that post, will help with down voting). Further, as usual when I find such a post of a user, I also check other posts of the same user. Also, looking into accounts engaged in hate speech, I apply other standards than usual. So even if the other posts are not as bad, I look e.g. whether they deserve the projected payout and apply if necessary a limited downvote (i.e. reduce payout/reset it to zero, but not enough to hide the post). So even without digging deeper (possibly much of the Zuckerberg-bashing, Rothschild-bashing and of other conspiracy theories pushed by that account has an anti-Semitic motivation as well), this led to a significant number of further down votes to that account within a short time. As a matter of principle, when dealing with troll and hate speech accounts I follow the guideline of 'Do not feed the trolls' - so no debate, no discussion, just down votes.
”In another comment on the same post Bloom states: "But I have seen a number of accounts pushing the wildest anti-Semitic conspiracy theories some of which have been used before by the German Nazis. When these accounts then also attack Zuckerberg and the Rothschilds, one would assume that this is motivated by a deeply-rooted hate against Jews."
Bloom clearly is on Steemit to mostly cause trouble and does not contribute anything positive to the Steemit community. I am not even suggesting that his account be deleted and that the Steemit community be rid of his malicious and hateful demeanor, I am asking that his behavior be assessed to see if it adds value or if it devalues the Steemit experience for other uses and not just myself.
Here is a comment that bloom recently made:
Welcome to steemit @odd1
Is steemit really as bad as I think?Yes, it is (maybe even worse). You already mentioned the global-warming deniers and anti-vaxxers, but have you found the flat-earthers on steemit?
There are high amounts of steempower owned by and delegated to users promoting such nonsense. Be a bit careful with exposing and downvoting this BS, look for example what happened to the account of one of my followers after posting this or more recently to this account.
Here is a response from bloom:
bloom43 in travel
What have you done to earn the titles you put on your profile?Actually not much: I downvoted some anti-semitic conspiracy theorists who gave me the title "professional flagger", and I upvoted you who gave me the title "mysterious upvoter".
bloom43 in introduceyourself
Oh yes, the anti-vax nonsense. I flagged some of that as well. But on steemit this kind of nonsense seems to be backed by incredible amounts of steem power (even by some witnesses). Some anti-vax posters are making $$$ with their ignorance of science, in these cases a downvote from me probably wouldn't even been noticed. In the comment sections of these posts there are endless discussions with the same arguments repeated again and again, however, these anti-vax people seem to be very resistant to scientific facts.
Here is Bloom's introduction post:
How I became a professional Steemit flagger4 months agobloom43 in introduceyourself
I've been using Steemit for only about two months and even not been active all the time. Nevertheless other Steemians are writing posts pointing out the professionality of my work: So, how did this come about?Well, the usual story: I spent one year in a secret training facility in the desert where I learned everything about the inner workings of Steemit which enabled me to register a Steemit account and to work as a professional down voter with regular payments coming in. The following is one of the rare photos of myself during my time in the desert:
"The prisoners cannot see any of what is happening behind them, they are only able to see the shadows cast upon the cave wall in front of them." --- Plato
(below is a continuation of Bloom's introduction post)
My Steemit experience
Some time ago I registered a Steemit account and used Steemit mostly reading, voting, rarely commenting, and without the intention to start writing posts immediately.There is no doubt that there is a lot of decent content around, also excellent content, only sometimes hard to find. I enjoyed reading high quality content, some of which I tried to accumulate as resteems on my blog page. And surely there are many more excellent authors to discover for which didn't had the time yet.
To complement my Steemit experience, I also looked out for the opposite side of the spectrum. Here we have the advantage that one doesn't have spend too much time searching for it, it doesn't hide, you directly run into it.
These shitposts seem to form a whole universe of its own. A subset of this low-quality content is produced by some very industrious users pushing conspiracy theories. I learned from Steemit that there are people believing in the Chemtrail conspiracy theory or the or the Pizzagate conspiracy theory, and there even seem to be some Flat-Earthers around: On a similar intellectual level, probably more harmful, there are those pushing Climate change denial. And there are accounts engaged in hate speech and in pushing conspiracy theories that discredit certain groups of people, one example being the Protocols conspiracy theory.
Downvoting and new conspiracy theories
Given this overabundance of crap on Steemit, and keeping in mind that the negation of the negative is positive, I started to reserve part of my voting power to downvote some of these shitposters, conspiracy-theorists, antisemites and racists. Also, what to do when you have surplus voting power and not the time to search for good content - bad content is always at hand. And I didn't want to be one of those users who never ever have used the downvote button, this way missing half of the full Steemit experience.The reactions were various. The most pronounced reactions came from the flagged antisemite conspiracy theorists, which made me even more interested in them. My flagging appeared to have caused some uneasiness in the conspiracy theory scene and they began to fabricate their own new conspiracy theories: that Steemit censors, that I were a professional down voter paid by Steemit Inc.or by the Israelis for down voting certain posts and funded through a very suspicious account
I'm not a downvoter paid by the Israelis or Steemit Inc., in fact I'm not paid by anyone for what I do on Steemit. (Interesting admission mean to preemptively thwart any potential allegations that he may receive). My activity on Steemit is not limited to downvoting. I'm not a blogger, therefore I'm not blogging. And I don't like to make too much information about myself available on the internet. However, it is not false that the picture above shows a shadow of me.
"Take a good look at this world, how riddled it is with huge, gaping holes, how full of Nothingness, the Nothingness that fills the bottomless void between the stars, how everything about us has become lined with it, how it darkly lurks behind each shred of matter." --- Stanislaw Lem, "How The World Was Saved"
Flagging on Steemit
Though we all have seen the shocking pictures of all that beautiful steem flowing over the dam and daily come in contact with content that is in urgent need of flagging, to me it seems that downvoting spam, shitposts, abuse and excessive self-upvoting is not as widespread as it should be.What do my readers think? Do you not feel enough rewarded for spending your valuable voting power on downvotes, do you see flagging as censorship, do you fear retaliatory flagging, do you lack the negative attitude required for proper and effective flagging, do you don't want to judge what's good and bad or don't waste time on this, or is it that there is so much shit around that you don't know where to begin flagging?Or maybe, this vibrant, ever-regenerating and self-affirming biotope of shitposts just forms a vital part of Steemit, to serve as material only in relation and comparison to which good content becomes good content and mediocre content becomes mediocre content, and therefore needs to be preserved?
Who is Ronahi? (btw that is not his real name, he said that means light or something similiar in Kurdish in his intro post)
Ronahi is a Kurdish cyber activist - Civil engineer - crypto & blockchain enthusiast - amateur : graphics designer, photographer, chess & poker player
Now I didn’t know Ronahi existed until I was on steemd and noticed that he had written an article entirely dedicated to labeling me in a disgusting manner.
Which can be read here.
Rather than respond to his entirely emotionally driven hateful drivel.. I ask that you read my steemit articles which address all of these points. He likes to refer to the negative actions of the PKK in Turkey and their Syrian branch the YPG as “propaganda” but even Kurds have called out these armed militias for kidnapping KURDS and turning them into child soldiers, and at times yes even killing them.. Among all the other things that I have mentioned that Ronahi denies are actually happening. Oh.. and yes.. The Kurdish militias have worked closely with Daesh and other terrorist groups on a number of occasions. If you want more proof I am willing to provide it but only after reading all of the proof I have already put on the table in my articles. I don’t like spending time that I really do not have doing the same work over and over. I do not have that luxury.
[-]clarityofsignal58 · 7 days ago
If one reads between the lines on this attached Reuters article, its clear to see where 'ISIS' evaporated to in the SDF areas. The FSA/ISIS simply took on a new name under the SDF/YPG banner. The article even alludes to Arab fighters. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-crisis-syria-ypg/exclusive-kurdish-ypg-militia-expects-conflict-with-turkey-in-northern-syria-idUSKBN19Q2S0
Excerpt: The YPG is fighting under the banner of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which includes Arab fighters. In separate comments to the Saudi-owned Asharq al-Awsat newspaper published on Wednesday, Hemo said the United States had established seven military bases in areas of northern Syria controlled by the YPG or SDF, including a major airbase near Kobani, a town at the border with Turkey.Citing operational security, the coalition said it did not confirm or deny information about “specific capabilities, force numbers, locations or movement of forces in Iraq and Syria”.The rest of the above article is mostly BS, easy to see as the US has backed the terrorists all along as proven by my many articles here at Steemit and at Clarity of Signal.
Reuters is, of course, one of the lead propaganda disseminators for the US Deep State (read Zionists) and thus should always be looked at quite skeptically. This Kurdish state has long been in the works by the Zionists who control US foreign policy and the recent dropping of the independence referendum was actually all part of the plan in order to bring the larger western/Zionist controlled Kurdish state into existence.For those that have been paying attention, the US was never fighting ISIS in Syria and has instead been using them as proxy army to destabilize and take over the country.
Now they are trying to reshape the narrative around the Kurds who have sold themselves out regardless of what Ronahi states here at Steemit. The US was always planning on this plan as a backup to their FSA terrorists who have experienced defeat across Syria. The Kurdish 'leadership' in their desperation and desire for globalist compensation and a possible state of their own, simply are willing to align with Saudi Arabia's terrorists and the Zionists of Israel for self enrichment. They have never really fought ISIS either. Now 'ISIS' suddenly signs a deal with them and hands over the oil fields. Its sadly comical. What has really happened was that ISIS simply switched uniforms and accepted another new name change. Southfront has more on the oil handover from 'ISIS' to the Kurds.For folks wanting to know what is really going on with the Kurdish ruse, I recommend checking out Syriana Analysis as he is always well on top of the Deep States/Zionist BS, as well as being well up on the actions of Turkey and the Saudi backed terrorists in Idlib.
Note that Syrian and Russian Armed Forces have recently cleared the last major city held by ISIS before the oil fields and that the ISIS fighters suddenly have disappeared? Where do folks think they slipped away to? Of course they went into the nearby Kurdish regions where the regrouping and renaming is taking place under the control of the US military advisers (read special forces) at those 7 new bases established by the Empire on Syrian territory.
I put together a large post showing the weapons they left behind as the SAA advanced on al-Mayhideen. Keep in mind that the US Deep State never worries about the loss of weapons or them falling into the hands of ISIS/al-Qaeda, this is because they make massive amounts of money by ripping off the US taxpayers and getting the MIC to produce new weapons contracts that pay huge gains on the stock market for insiders. All part of the spiraling, bloated, unregulated MIC working hand in hand with the terrorists. https://steemit.com/news/@clarityofsignal/breaking-news-oct-21-2017-new-photos-reveal-massive-nato-supplied-weapons-cache-captured-from-isis-by-saa-after-battle-for-deir
And Sarah, keep up the good work fighting for your country. You have my respect and from what I have seen on the Internet, the respect of a great deal of others. The difference between you and the person you are debating here is that you have a a good, pure heart and have been fighting for getting the truth out about all the western, Gulf State and Zionist deception in Syria, while they (Ronahi) are simply being deceptive. Peace to you.
Reply··[-]ronahi49 · 7 days ago
Where is my tiny foil hat when I need it ? This what happens when you are braindead embarked on a journey of disillusion.We lost over 3000 fighters against daesh in Rojava alone. Over 5000 Yazidi women were kidnapped, raped and sold into slavery, their men massacred and buried in mass graves. Kurdish peshmerga fighters were tortured, beheaded or killed in different barbaric ways. We lost brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers in the fight against Daeshbags. We are religiously diverse, we have Muslims, Alevis, Chiites, Yazidis, Christians, Jews and atheists. Our values, principals and ideologies have absolutely nothing to do with those of daeshbags. So how the fuck dare you say we are allied with fucking daesh ? Do you think this is fucking chess game ? with your bullshit brainwashed analysis. Tell me how would female YPJ fighters (feminists/communalist anarcho-libertarians) get along with daeshbag fighters, you moron? YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT ANYTHING. We would be better off with imperialists zionist seeking to create a Kurdish state (which isn't the case anyway) than with braindead morons seeking to oppress and deny our identity and rights. So I will respectfully ask you to GO FUCK YOURSELF.
Here is another comment that bloom made, this time calling my investigative reporting which is shared on sites such as Global Research "propaganda":
bloom43 in politics
@ronahi and @likedeeler as far as I know, you are the only ones here who write posts about this topic and know something about it, so I though it was a good idea to bring you in contact. You are doing good work to refute the propaganda of users like @sarahabed by coming up with some actual information. And don't be discouraged that the propaganda posts of others are so heavily upvoted, that's usual for steemit, many whales here have no clue and/or don't read the articles they upvote. Even if your posts don't earn that much at the moment, it's important to have some material online to counter the rampant disinformation on this platform.
Here is a comment from one of my readers (btw I didn’t tag him but he found this on his own)
joe.nobel54 · 3 days ago
Downvotes and flagging need be reserved for spam. They should never be used because you differ in opinion. Shame on you.
ronahi49 · 3 days ago
I don't think there are actual rules on what you should or should not flag. Flagging only spam makes no sense.. what about racism, hate speech, discrimation, harmful and abusive posts ? What about posts that lie and mislead people ? What about posts that degrade the image of your people who have sacrifaced so much in the fight against daesh?
joe.nobel54 · 3 days ago
Hate speech - yes,
Abuse - yes.
Degrading an image ... - no.
I've read Sarah's articles. I only see journalism. I don't see hate speech or abuse of any kind. You may criticize her factually, and provide corrections with proof, but it is unethical to silence someone because you disagree with them.Instead, may I suggest, that you actually /upvote/ her next time you find something you disagree with.
Write a constructive comment along with the upvote detailing where you believe she has erred. Who knows, maybe she will invite you for an interview so you may explain your side thus getting you equal coverage.
And believe me, I don't know her, I've never met her. I've only read two or three of her posts. I certainly don't know anyone from that part of the world. This is really not my business.
I hope you can sort this out,
Here is my response: sarahabed 59 · 2 days ago
I have clearly backed up every claim with facts in every one of my articles. The land grabbing, ethnic cleansing, child soldiers, kidnapping, alliances with FSA and other terrorist organizations and yes even working closely with Daesh have all been backed by facts, pictures, videos, testimonies, etc. I stand by EVERY article I have written, and so do all of the publications that have republished my articles for their readers to learn more about the current situation. Ronahi is just one of a number of Kurdish activists that want to silence me. He has down voted me 13 times. Is that not an indication of obsessive behavior? Ronahi does not want the world to be exposed to information that counters mainstream media's false romanticized image of his cause.
But characters like Ronahi only reveal their own racism while falsely accusing others of being racists. He has gained sympathy from a clearly unhinged account under the bloom who has a lot of steem power and has downvoted my posts and comments 100% 10 times so far... he is doing so in hopes that his malicious behavior will drive me out of here.. Both of these accounts represent the dark and very ugly side of steemit that are trying to put a dark cloud over curators such as myself who are on a mission to report the truth.
Hopefully the Steemit community will be able to take some actions against these two egotistical, bigoted, hateful accounts and rid this community of their poison. The truth is coming out faster than they can silence it and the world is finding out what is REALLY driving their cause and it isn't what they falsely portray.
FYI: I started writing this post about a week ago so the dates are off.. but I have been very busy and couldn't finish it till now.
Thank you to all those that took the time to read it!