Posted 8 months ago | by Ben Armstrong
Blockchain-based Social Networks May be the Future of Sharing Online
The rise of global concerns on every aspect turns blockchain into a top-researching topic as many believe in the potential of this modern technology to tackle problems In recent statements, the co-founders of Ignite – a decentralized microblogging system – expressed their opinions about the tech’s ability in coping with state-sponsored censorship.
Speaking with Cointelegraph, Iva Wisher highlighted that what we call “freedom of speech” overall, is “a possibility to express any opinion, even an unpopular one, unless this opinion is not a call to violence.”
When the right to express opinions are under the government's control, the light that blockchain brings can be an efficient solution to get away from punishment, according to Wisher.
New Ways to Share Information
Decentralized networks like Ignite can create huge opportunities to fight against state-sponsored censorship, as explained by Vladislavs Semjonovs, co-founder of Ignite. The opinion was shared after the recent US government decided to punish TikTok.
“First of all, we will need to implement a blockchain consensus to release a full-scale solution of content relevance mechanism. Prometeus (decentralized protocol) team came from the cutting edge of big data and AI technologies, so after the consensus mechanism is implemented, we can apply cutting edge technologies from the AI field in order to provide relevant content for our users.”
A Great Idea is Taking Shape
Wishe also highly suggested the implementation of AI-supported sensitive content mark system in the blockchain-powered social media as an additional support to “protect users from any kind of illegal content,” he didn’t think that a decentralized platform should include moderators like those targeting censorship’s combat.
Users will have choices to decide whether or not they’d like to go further with any content from a specific user. Confirmation will also be made through captcha and the ability to see is up to users, even with those content marked as “hate speech,” said Semjonovs.
Technically, blockchain-backed social networks can pave the way for other similar platforms and contribute to the blockchain environment of social media.
“First of all, Ignite (or any other community-driven social network) can’t exist without a powerful and flexible consensus mechanism, as BSC provides. Secondly, BSC has a feature of mini - tokens (BEP8) which fits Ignite's upcoming community system. As for Skynet, we share common ideas and directions on decentralized ecosystem development. The social network can’t ensure comfortable UX without a CDN.”
Mentioning the ban of TikTok by the U.S. government, both co-founders agreed that U.S. was just the beginning as Indian government also showed negative reaction towards Chinese’s apps as the COVID-19 political debacle grinds on.
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