So this Steemit banning The Dark Overlord hacking group seems to have the entire crypto-community up in arms. It seems we're always surrounded by one controversy or another. Censorship in this space, is a huge no no though, and now Steemit finds itself in the middle of this hot topic.
I'll be the first to admit, I'm not a big fan of the way The Dark Overlord hacking group went about this. When you're more concerned about financial gain than you are about releasing the truth I question your integrity and in this case authenticity. The bitcoin ransom has made it rather difficult to show support for this group. It is, however, censorship of political speech.
If they didn't try to extort money for the information, I would have a totally different take on this. If out of the goodness of their hearts, they decided to release important information that could change the narrative of 9/11 or show that the people were lied to, they would have my full support. I would probably power down and leave Steemit in protest. However, since they chose to seek financial gain through extortion, I really do have a problem with this. It becomes more of an ethics issue than a censorship issue to me.
The bigger question I pose though; is this the start of censorship on Steemit? The blockchain is designed to prevent this sort of thing. I get that Steemit (the organization/company) has to protect themselves from pedophiles, and other illegal content that people might post. I don't condone the extortion tactics of The Dark Overlords either. I have a huge problem with the censorship of political speech and dissidents though. With that said, I'm just curious what the rest of the Steemit community thinks. Is this the beginning of a bigger problem?
Edit: I should point out that the information is still available on the blockchain, just not available through the Steemit app. Thanks to @steevc for pointing out this important fact.
Bitcoin Ransom: 9/11 Papers Hacker Group Banned from Steemit Platform https://www.ccn.com/bitcoin-ransom-9-11-papers-hacker-group-banned-from-steemit-platform/