Social Media Censorship Is Out of Control! Here’s one solution.

08/10/201623 Comments

We all know by now that the tech giants of Silicon Valley are in bed with the government and they’re not afraid to censor posts they disagree with from their social media platforms. So what if there was a decentralised, open source, blockchain-based social media alternative? On today’s thought for the day we talk about the censorship problem and the Steemit solution.

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  1. m.clare says:

    The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) will receive $2 billion dollars of tax funding over the next 5 years. Though I am intimately familiar with the CBC Submission Guidelines, my comments to CBC “news” stories routinely disappear into the “Content Disabled” void. If this was a private company, fair enough, weed out comments that don’t support the corporate agenda. I, however, have no choice but to fund the CBC with my taxes.

    I have been saving my censored comments as I believe they contain a wealth of information. I suspect the censored ideas are likely the ones that draw too much attention to awkward & uncomfortable facts…. false ideas pose no threat to those who make a living concealing truth.

    • jay.z says:

      That’s a fascinating idea… m.clare…

      It would be pretty interesting if someone started a website (centered on political/social issues) that allowed people to submit content that was censored and see what sort of picture started taking shape about many of these websites/social media sites. It’s important that any centers of power (particularly with the media, social media, etc) are held accountable as much and as frequently as possible. These sites could potentially be referenced to by alt media as well. If we want to retain freedom of speech, we need to fight for it in these sorts of ways within our world.

      Possible site names?:
      MediaWatch
      SocialMediaWatch
      CensorshipWatch
      Censored.com
      Etc

      • jay.z says:

        Also, I’m from Windsor, Ontario. So, it’s great to see other fellow (awakened/awakening) Canadians on here! : )

      • doublek321 says:

        jay.z – I really like your idea. Giving people a bigger picture of what is being censored would be particularly interesting. And I bet it would be one of those things where people would flock to it just because it’s forbidden.

      • m.clare says:

        I’ve considered such a website but stalled when I considered the legal implications; I may have signed away my rights to anything I submit to the CBC when I signed up. Is it possible that once put into writing and submitted to Big Brother my thoughts are no longer my property?

        • ccuthbert2001 says:

          You can’t lose “ownership” of your opinions. Don’t be cowed so easily.

          • m.clare says:

            Yes, I can probably post my CBC censored comments on my hypothetical web page, however; what are the odds of CBC granting me permission to include the material I was commenting on? Without this context, my comments are harmless.

            “Under certain circumstances, it is permissible to quote or excerpt from a CBC.ca article; however, prior permission is required before using any CBC.ca text in this manner. Please submit a Permissions request for our consideration.”

            Is there a chance they would take legal action were I to proceed without their permission?

            Some combination of ignorance, fear and apathy have rendered us collectively paralyzed. Your point is valid. I refuse to be cowed.

  2. jaime says:

    Funny: I discovered this Steemit hours ago, and the 4th article I read happened to be yours, just published, and I wasn’t even looking for you or anything. The Internet is getting smaller.
    By the way, how did you register? I thought you didn’t have a Facebook account. Have you got a Reddit one?

  3. HomeRemedySupply says:

    — Julian Assange and POWERS —
    Google and The White House and The Pentagon
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmGyKvFoH-U&feature=youtu.be&t=13m36s

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      Yea… I am not a follower of Assange. But I like to be in tune with what the scurry of the moment is.

      • HomeRemedySupply says:

        ha! (Chuckle) I kind of retract any denigration of Assange.
        Sibel Edmonds changed my mind.
        Watch the 7:30 mark of this video about WikiLeaks, Clinton, and Gulen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tctl8FNasFo

        • nosoapradio says:

          “I’m constantly annoyed that people are distracted by false conspiracies such as 9/11, when all around we provide evidence of real conspiracies, for war or mass financial fraud (35).”
          -Julian Assange (as quoted by Abel Danger)

          http://www.abeldanger.net/2014/05/wikileaks-is-zionist-poison.html

        • nosoapradio says:

          I know nothing about the site Techdirt (and I don’t really have a lot of time to investigate this myself) but something about the confusion described in the article about Wikileaks’ then impending Turkish government emails release (that would both allegedly “help and hurt” Erdogan) strangely seems to mirror the confusion generated by the NBC false tweets.

          It’s a question of timing – During the failed Turkish coup bruhaha Wikileaks says they’ll publish emails concerning Erdogan’s government which in the climate of the ongoing coup can strongly colour people’s interpretation of the event:

          “…Update 2: In response to our update, Zeynep Tufekci has sent over the following quote, noting that she still has concerns about how Wikileaks handled this:
          “Wikileaks has never clarified that the emails it hosts are almost entirely mundane emails of ordinary citizens and revealed nothing of public interest after days of intense combing (though there were privacy violations there as well), and it has never apologized for the fact that the databases that it repeatedly, and via multiple channels, pointed to its millions of followers as full data of “our AKP emails” (they weren’t) and “more” actually contained private and sensitive information of tens of millions of people in Turkey, including more than 20 million women. I never claimed that they hosted; I was agnostic on that point so none of the substantive discussions revolves around who hosted them. However, I’m glad the person who uploaded them has come forward to apologize, and learn from this. I hope the broader hacker community also reflects on this, and realizes that rushing, jumping on news cycles, dumping data indiscriminately, uploading stuff you do not know, working in a language you do not understand with no local contacts, and then accusing your critics of being government shills without the slightest attempt at research is not okay…”

          https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20160725/11391635062/updated-wikileaks-leak-turkish-emails-reveals-private-details-raises-ethical-questions-not.shtml

          “…Waiting for our new 100k+ doc release on the leadup to the #TurkeyCoup? Explore our past publications on #Erdogan…”

          https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/755051054170005504

          As Tyler Durden put it:

          “…It seems Wikileak’s release of information on Turkish power structures could not come at a more vital time—that is, so long as it reaches the Turkish people…”

          http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-07-20/wikileaks-about-expose-turkish-coup-someone-trying-silence-them

          Timing is crucial in info and perception management.

          So like Sibel, I would be excited about seeing some paradigm-changing “wikileaks” concerning Gulen…

          wait and see… just for “equal time” concerns…

  4. peace.froggs says:

    Julian Assange threatening to release Clinton’s email a month or so before the November election = Julian Assange works for the Zionists that support Trump

  5. Steemit does not look decentralized at all. It looks like a standard social bookmarking site, with the added feature of paying for tokens to increase your post/comment ranking. Seems like interest groups with deep pockets could easily game the ranking system, moreso than other sites. In fact, this operation seems more like a scheme to sell digital currency than a publishing platform:
    https://steem.io/roadmap/launch-and-sale/

    As for the blockchain, besides the nice buzzword, I’m not sure what it solves in terms of preventing censorship, besides providing a public cache. This function is performed now by image-hosting sites, private websites, archive.org, as well as the social network platforms themselves. The big problem is discovery and ranking, how people actually communicate and find out about stuff, which Steemit is still very vulnerable to.

    It’s very odd that Steemit requires a Facebook or Reddit account to function, with plans to add SMS verification, but no stated plans to remove these restrictions. Not sure what permissions they ask for, since I haven’t signed up, but it certainly opens the possibility of those social networks reading your Steemit posts and punishing you on their platform. In any case, it’s a big hint that this is not a decentralized system and is doubly strange because most platforms do not have such a restrictive requirement. A truly decentralized system would not have a spam/fake account problem, except as DDoS, since it would not rely on a central index.

    Steemit does not look like any better of a solution than Facebook or Twitter at this point, except to the extent that you trust the people running it more. The links to the User Agreement and Privacy Policy are broken and there is no ownership information about the company on their website. Caution!

  6. Octium says:

    The fact that you need to log in with a facebook or a redit account raises a big red flag for me.

    Any legitimate block chain technology should be internally self regulated by its own users (if not, then that is probably a sign that something is wrong!)

    By linking facebook and redit IDs with block chains you could very well be getting the worst of both worlds.

    The information in a block chain is as about as public as information can get, facebook could still suspend the accounts of users based on what they have said on Steemit, the though of loosing a facebook account for some people would be enough to practice self censorship. The importance of having and keeping your facebook account is actually being reinforced by Steemit.

    I suspect the criminal elite know that they can’t stop people from using block chain technology so instead they will pretend that they like it…

    https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/solutions/blockchain/

    Then find ways to subvert the technology by introducing new systems that are vulnerable and defeat the purpose.

    I haven’t looked into what makes Steemit tick, but if it is truly open source, I hope it is cloned by others who remove the requirement to log in using an ID from an NSA backed organisation.

    Until then, I will not be using it.

  7. mik says:

    After watching Luke Rudkowski’s video about Steem ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esFCwzVlDHw ),
    the one looks a bit creepy too me.

    Additionally to facebook/redit problem there is a big gamification scheme on Steem, that supposedly can provide monetary gain to everyone. But not just virtual money, Luke was able to convert it to FED notes.

    Who is paying for this?
    Free lunch is not possible.

    With rewarding gamification in place, people might spend even more time on the internet, in virtual world, walking around their avatars.
    Who will work to change the Real world, where you have to take real tools in hands, that causes blisters occasionally.

    Otherwise, I hope that someone will tweak this open source solution and remove deficiencies. Basically sounds good to me.

  8. ccuthbert2001 says:

    I know of an alternative to social media and especially steemit. It’s called Jawbuck. All posts are unauthored and you can tip people. It’s in testing now.

    The idea is that people on social media don’t discuss ideas, they attack each other. with authorship unknown, the ideas become the topic. It is very well suited to people who want to remain unknown. Because there are tips (of dollars) they can’t make it anonymous. But the company doesn’t keep user information so they can’t reveal identities. It would take a court order for them and paypal to do it.

    If you want to try it, go to their website at https://jawbuck.com

    m.clare, this might be what you’re looking for. 😉

  9. EYEisBloke says:

    This is a subject I’ve followed closely and have blogged about ever since my Guardian comment account achieved naughty step ‘pre-moderation’ status after I had made a grand total of two entirely innocuous comments.

    Such treatment is allegedly reserved for the aprox 1% of users who repeatedly breech their community standards….

    I joined up because of the number of censored / abusive comments under articles in my primary area of interest/ expertise (equality). Foolishly I imagined myself being able to offer polite and well reasoned perspectives but very quickly had my eyes opened to how much they will censor if you are not parroting the editorial line.

    Noticeably the Guardian and many other old media titles have essentially retreated from reader comments themselves and are aggressively promoting the social media ‘abuse’ narrative to justify censorship on new media platforms that threaten their monopoly on truth.

    I agree that a social media crack down does feel inevitable but wiki-leaks recent threat to start a rival service to twitter was an interesting development…so who knows….maybe the cat is too far out of the bag (so to speak).

    In the meantime one development I’ve followed closely in the UK is a cross party campaign to ‘reclaim the internet’. Some of the ‘internet abuse’ claims these MPs have promoted are remarkably dodgy / revealing when you take a closer look – I’ve tried to hold a mirror up to this by following James’s example of open sourced research allowing people to make their own minds up.

    Here’s a couple of links for anyone interested:

    https://eyeisbloke.com/2016/07/25/reclaim-the-internet-or-shut-down-debate/

    https://eyeisbloke.com/2016/08/05/for-the-uninitiated-the-web-we-want/

    • Terraset says:

      I would agree that the cat is way too far out of the bag at this point. I have not seen so many people rejecting the governemnt and any and all mainstream ideas across the board ever as I have now. I’ts far more common to see supporters of the old ideas get massively downvoted on Reddit and people who point out America’s constant military meddling, coups, and puppet governments get massively upvoted.

      People are even developing critical thinking skills in huge numbers. It’s the norm now to see the top comments on what I’ll call “Conscientious logician youtubers” videos (Sargon of Akkad, Amazing Atheist, Thunderf00t, et al…) be things about pointing out double standards that they have especially involving thought crime.

      The parapsychology community started the ball rolling about pointing out the cult of scientism and it’s more common now to see people tearing out the throats of skeptics in the comments when they try to preach their Rockeffeller/GMO/etc funded college textbook views of reality. Moreso than ever skeptics are being asked “where’s your evidence?”

      People are also seeing through the emotional manipulation of not just the government but ideologies and religions as a whole. I’ve seen more people than ever start to promote and agree with ideas far more akin to that of the Stoics, Nietzsche, Sartre, and the like as they begin to see how manipulation itself is done. The sub reddit TumblrInAction for example exists to collect and mock the emotional retardation of the soxcial justice movement. Youtubers like Sargon of Akkan, That Guy T, Shoeonhead, Mr Metokur and more can devote entire channels to nothing but debunking emotional arguments from {insert ideology here}. And some of them even make a living off of it.

      There’s just no way that the NWO can possibly keep a lid on it.

  10. Terraset says:

    Although I have not enacted it yet, my personal solution will be more or less this:

    STEP 1: Get at least one raspberry Pi and connect it to the Hyperboria network or other alternative internet. Or “darknet” as the buzzword is.

    https://hyperboria.net/

    http://www.tinkernut.com/portfolio/connect-to-a-darknet/

    STEP 2: Self host and/or relay content using MediaGoblin or equivalent.

    http://mediagoblin.org/

    Rapberry pi’s are incredibly cheap and the raspberry pi 3 has built in wi fi. It would not be difficult to create a city scale mesh network using them or equivalent. Going between cities or areas outside the Pi’s wifi range would be the next challenge.

    If someone wanted to make extra cash they could offer a service selling “Mesh Network Ready Pi’s” where they buy a Pi, do all the configuration, hook it up to a couple battery packs for backup, Maybe include extra storage and a weather proof case, then sell them as one-button mesh network node/router/home servers than even the least technically inclined person could use.

    The marketing could easily promote the economic benefits of such a device and as I understand it if you order 3000 or more Pi’s from the Raspberry Pi foundation you can design your own custom version. Although don’t quote me on that. So keep that in mind if you wanted to go large scale.

    • Octium says:

      I think this systems looks promising as well…(likewise – have not tried it myself)

      “Wifibroadcast – Analog-like transmission of live video data”
      https://befinitiv.wordpress.com/wifibroadcast-analog-like-transmission-of-live-video-data/

      Normally with the Internet it is not possible to view something without first sending some information about yourself. The Wifibroadcasst system allows a TV signal to be broadcast to the local area and picked up by Wifi receivers that are passively listening in without being logged into any network.

      It was designed to provide live video feeds for hobby drone pilots, however I do not see why it could not be adapted for broadcasting pre-recorder video material such as the Corbett Report from fixed locations around populated areas….perhaps linked together by mesh networks?

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