Can Ethereum & Blockchain Technology Help Answer Censorship Issues?

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin thinks that blockchain could be the next big thing in censorship-free communications.

The events in the American Capitol have resulted in a mass exodus of Facebook and Twitter users as a result of their decision to ban President trump and several “fringe” groups.

Most Twitter exiles looked at Parler as the best platform to move to due to its approach to free speech and anti-censorship.

Ethereum Founder Sees Blockchain as Solution

However, companies like Amazon Web Services immediately cracked their own on the site for what they claimed was an inability to effectively moderate its platform.

This forced Parler to take down its service, preventing thousands of users from using the social media platform and drawing criticism from free speech advocates around the globe.

One of such speakers is Vitalik Buterin, co-founder of Ethereum, who expressed his ideas on the dangers of censorship publicly.

These concerns have been shared by multiple activists who believe that these private company’s abilities could become a bigger problem in the long term, even when recognizing the difficulties they experience when moderating content in their platforms.

Buterin commented that,

“the fact that so many people who would normally never support such corporate power are now cheering tech CEOs running roughshod over democratically elected officials deserves some introspection”.

The Start of a Digital Exodus

If recent events have proven something is that no centralized platform can remain neutral to the political and social context, which is exactly what prevents the creation of a trustless system when it relies on a central authority.

Hudson Jameson, also a co-founder of Ethereum, said in an interview with Decrypt that these recent events “absolutely heightens the need for decentralized, censorship-resistant systems”.

While these decentralized social media platforms already exist, attracting new users has proven to be difficult in an ecosystem ruled…

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