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Steemit and Steem both get a mention in Cointelegraph

The latest drama surrounding YouTube and their Crypto Purge has been great marketing for decentralized alternatives.

Unfortunately for Steem, not a lot of the media coverage has focused much on Steem.

Instead, choosing to focus on things with smaller market caps and significantly less users.

I'm not exactly sure why that is, but Steemit and Steem have gotten a couple mentions never the less.

The latest one coming in Cointelegraph.

The Steem/Steemit mention...

The article focuses on alternatives to YouTube and other centralized platforms.

The part about Steem and Steemit can be seen below:

In addition to LBRY, Steemit, a blockchain-based blogging and social media website launched in 2016, has also caught the attention of many YouTubers. The platform has over 1 million registered users and uses the cryptocurrency STEEM to reward its users for publishing content.

Unlike LBRY, which is focused specifically on digital media, Steemit functions more like a decentralized version of Reddit, providing users with an entire social network. Although it may be different from YouTube, video sharing platform DTube is a decentralized video platform built on top of the STEEM blockchain that resembles YouTube in appearance.

Like other decentralized video platforms, DTube has no central servers — all the content is stored on the STEEM blockchain. As a result, video content on DTube is almost impossible to tamper with.

Again, we see that LBRY gets more coverage than Steemit/Steem despite being smaller, but at least they mention that Steem potentially covers the entire social media experience as opposed to just video uploads.

The Cointelegraph article in its entirety can be seen below...

On Dec. 23, thousands of YouTubers received emails from the video giant notifying them that their crypto-related videos had suddenly been deleted from the platform.

The ban, which lasted about four days before YouTube began reinstating videos, impacted YouTubers whose channels reached thousands of subscribers, as well as those with smaller audiences.

Unsurprisingly, many of the YouTubers impacted have now turned to decentralized video platforms to share their content. Creating engaging and informative blockchain and cryptocurrency videos has become a source of income for many of these individuals, which is why it’s important for them to have a reliable outlet to utilize.

CEO and Founder of LBRY, Jeremy Kauffman, told Cointelegraph, “Following the YouTube ban, access over the last 24 hours to LBRY has increased nearly 100% day-over-day.”

LBRY, a decentralized content sharing and publishing platform created in 2016, uses blockchain technology to allow content creators to store and download content in a peer-to-peer manner.

LBRY is also entirely open-source, meaning developers can contribute to the code that powers the platform. “I deeply believe in free speech, open source, and personal choice. LBRY is a reflection of all of those values,” said Kauffman.

Moreover, unlike YouTube, which has stringent content policies in place, Kauffman explained that LBRY doesn’t have strict policies regarding what users share and publish.

“LBRY as a protocol doesn't have policies on these things, just like HTTP or SMTP doesn't have a policy on these things. However, as a U.S. company, we do have a content policy for what is allowed to be stored on our servers.”

Kauffman also noted that YouTube has recently been the platform’s “number one supporter,” as many YouTubers have migrated over to LBRY as the video giant continues to “enforce rules, arbitrary, ban or demonetize people for flimsy reasons, etc.” He further explained:

“Building a business or a following on YouTube is building on quicksand. YouTube regularly censors and bans creators, with capricious and arbitrary rules enforcement.”

YouTuber Omar Bham told Cointelegraph that he has been recommending LBRY since YouTube’s crypto-content ban:

“As far as decentralized platforms, I've been recommending LBRY. The syncing process is simple, rewards can be claimed for all sorts of actions, and data syncs itself without any input from me. That will remain the case for any future uploads - they automatically end up on LBRY as a backup. This is powerful, as I don't need to worry about YouTube one day removing all my videos permanently. They'll live on.”

While this may be the case, Kaufmann pointed out that speed is a challenge the platform has been experiencing, as blockchains are notoriously slow databases. He noted that LBRY has since built additional tools to both query and serve information much faster.

In addition to LBRY, Steemit, a blockchain-based blogging and social media website launched in 2016, has also caught the attention of many YouTubers. The platform has over 1 million registered users and uses the cryptocurrency STEEM to reward its users for publishing content.

Unlike LBRY, which is focused specifically on digital media, Steemit functions more like a decentralized version of Reddit, providing users with an entire social network. Although it may be different from YouTube, video sharing platform DTube is a decentralized video platform built on top of the STEEM blockchain that resembles YouTube in appearance.

Like other decentralized video platforms, DTube has no central servers — all the content is stored on the STEEM blockchain. As a result, video content on DTube is almost impossible to tamper with.

Internet attorney and anti-bullying activist, Andrew Rossow, told Cointelegraph that while a platforms such as DTube and LBRY seems to be very promising, it’s also important to consider certain grey areas that decentralized platforms might not address.

“Having a blockchain-enabled social media platform that is censorship-resistant is good — but, keeping in mind certain protections with respect to intellectual property, phishing, scams, and other grey areas need to be considered.”

But, is YouTube being responsible?
Ironically, YouTube’s chief executive, Susan Wojcicki, recently announced her goals for the platform in April, saying, “My top priority is responsibility.”

While this may be the case, YouTube has removed more than 100,000 videos and 17,000 channels since the company implemented changes to its content policies in June of this year.

According to a blog post, YouTube has been deleting violative content, highlighting authoritative content, reducing the spread of borderline content and rewarding trusted creators. Unfortunately, the platform has been removing more and more content that they personally think violates these policies — and cryptocurrency and blockchain have fallen into this category.

Is it legal to remove content without notifying creators?
Regarding the legality of removing content without notifying creators — or providing a valid reason as to why the content is being deleted — founder of Royse Law Firm and continuing studies instructor at Stanford University, Roger Royse, told Cointelegraph that it becomes a legal matter depending on the platform’s terms of service:

“As a legal matter, it all depends on what their terms of service allow. The large platforms are in a tough spot because there is so much legislative scrutiny on both their policies, as well as crypto. The SEC and other agencies have been notoriously hostile to crypto related businesses and they may view this as one more way for platforms to be regulated”.

Rossow also noted that although what YouTube has done may be legal, it’s not justifiable:

“Arguably, YouTube as a content provider has the authority and right to remove content that it feels violates its Terms of Service, and in so-doing, has the right to remove videos, even if it involves digital money or cryptocurrency.”

Yet according to Rossow, the problem for both content creators and YouTube is identifying and discerning what is “commercially viable” and what is “educational. He explained:

“The crypto videos that were recently removed did not involve violent or political content, or content harmful to children. Even applying the FTC’s recent guidelines with respect to COPPA compliance didn’t seem to be in much disarray. This incident, I would say is isolated and gives all content creators a reason to panic simply due to YouTube’s ignorance.”

https://cointelegraph.com/news/whats-next-for-youtubers-impacted-by-crypto-related-content-ban

Stay informed my friends.

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What they got wrong was that all content on DTube would be stored on the Steem blockchain. Actually, the video files themselves are stored on IPFS and only the Steem post that DTube automatically makes from the video is on Steem along with all the comments. But DTube alone cannot delete anything that is stored on nodes other than their own from IPFS. Also, even if DTube deleted a video (in case theirs was the only node storing it), they couldn't demonetize it because of the automatic Steem post made.

Can isp's block ipfs?

They would have to block each node separately.

hmm peer 2 peer

Interesting, thanks for sharing. Many are claiming that DTube removes videos after a period of time, is this true? I am not very familiar with DTube.

IPFS has what is called garbage collection. Rarely used videos get purged from a node if its owner chooses to use garbage collection. There is no automatic syncing on IPFS and there is no way to cause a file to be delete from someone else's node.

I see. So, saying that 'videos get removed after a period of time' would be mostly an inaccurate statement?

Thanks for sharing, that was nice info. Yeah, that youtube thing really woke people to the risks of building their houses on sand.

Yep, it is likely the start of people realizing they need to own their content.

I guess any publicity is good publicity. We got a long way to go but I believe some people here are doing some good things that will eventually get revealed to the masses....

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Yes, that is the hope.

Hello jrcornel , I do agree.. steem lacks aggressive marketing that too in the most aggressive world of Cryptos wherein every new crypto is born some part of the world every now and then. What I like and appreciate about STEEMIT is the kind of Trust/Authenticity they received from the members across the globe, however, they need to work on these factors and leverage it.

Who cares. Cointelegraph should be happy to be mentioned in steem tho.

Sure, but any publicity is good publicity, especially for a project that doesn't find itself in the news nearly as much as it probably should.

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I think we gave cointelgraph and such more value then they deserve .... not a lot will change if steem or some other platform is mentioned there. Just a small wave in the big ocean.

While that is mostly true, people do read the news on these sites and having steem/steemit mentioned is better than not being mentioned.

Articles about steem are good, I'm sure it will drive in a bunch of new users for sure!!

Many people on crypto twitter didn’t mention steem or Steemit as well when discussing alternatives to YouTube. This shows the bad marketing, communication done so far. It is actually a shame that a platform with this potential and first mover advantage has such a low reputation.

STEEM had to be premined to avoid SEC regulations. The premining was documented very poorly because Steemit, Inc, wanted to keep the lions share of the premined coins to fund development. That created a lot of bad blood. Also, the first Steem users came from the crypto space that was and still is full of selfish maximizers.

Maximizers 😂

Yep, I have been noticing that as well. In most cases steem has a higher market cap and/or a larger user base, yet rarely gets mentioned.

Been trying to get dappradar.com to list splinterlands for months now.
It'd be at the top of at least half of their lists, daily users etc, but they just ignore the whole chain.

Yes, I saw that... any idea why they don't list any Steem DApps?

maybe because they dont have stake :D

LBRY is centralized. A representative of LBRY says they have "a content policy" on what is allowed to be stored on their servers. BitChute and DTube are the only platforms that have any actual decentralization going for them. It will be more difficult to store binary files in decentralized manner because its much more expensive than storing text.

Yes I believe that content policy has to do with following U.S. guidelines as they are a U.S. company.

Yeah not sure why LBRY is getting the most attention.. I have not heard anything about this blockchain for like 3 years since I last posted about it here https://steemit.com/digitaltreasurehunter/@stealthtrader/top-10-cryptos-of-the-week

Yep, it has somewhat re-invented itself in the last year, but now everyone is touting it like it is the best alternative out there. That should be steem. Interesting thing about LBRY is that you have to download the application and then it can directly download files to your computer, whereas steemit can be viewed directly from the web.

They should personally talk about steem and its dapps on bitcointalk and other forums, even take steem projects to other platforms, and attract those users.

I think once SMTs and Communities launch there will be more promoting of steem, at least that is what makes sense to me.

At least Steem got some coverage, but I keep asking myself.. where was the Steemit team to take advantage of the situation that just happened on youtube.

Asleep at the wheel I fear and without a clear strategy to take advantage of such censorship on other platforms. Steemit's 'Head of Communications and Advocacy' seems to be too busy promoting his side project at the moment. Or was it Christmas and it was just a bad time?

Good questions. Steem has done a poor job marketing since it was created. It's been especially difficult now with a small team. It seems its mostly up to the users and word of mouth at this point to promote steem. I think we should use the DAO to support a marketing/advertising campaign once SMTs and Communities are up and running at the very least.

@jrcornel, good news and thanks for let us know this news!

You got it.

Thanks for let us know this news..

peer to peer

wooooooooooow

now let's see some price action?> ...+++

A real issue I hope it stays in conversation for a while.

I think it will die down of course, but I think it will stay in the back of the mind of content creators forever at this point. The can has been opened and can't really be closed. Most likely this is the start of the masses moving to decentralized projects. It will take time, but this is likely the spark that put the movement in motion.

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Thank you for supporting Steem community. Resteemed

Like andrew yang, steem seems to have a media blackout...

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I have one reason to feel positive as a blogger for I already know how to buy steem dollars so that I can promote my blogs here. Can't wait for it, and i'm going to try and check dtube too. I guess i'm starting to learn cryptocurrency here. So I encourage everyone to try listen to videos and read articles about cryptocurrencies so that they will learn how to earn here.

Its a bit annoying that lbry is getting all the attention and not even 10% of it is going to steem/steemit/dtube/3speak when we have more robust communities and functions at this point. I wonder what will it take for them to finally look over here?

Probably some real marketing by steemit,inc.

Thanks for the post.