In mid-May, news.Bitcoin.com reported that one of our mining pool videos had been censored and banned from the Youtube video sharing platform. The report had shown how Youtube has been censoring videos for a long time now, and the CEO specifically told the public that some coronavirus movies would be taken down. Youtube censorship has caused a number of people to seek out decentralized video sharing platforms, and one particular project called Lbry.tv has generated a lot of interest.
Censored Youtubers migrate to Lbry.tv
Censorship is abundant these days as many massive social media platforms and video sharing sites are regularly censored and monitored. Just recently, the official Bitcoin.com Youtube account was warned for sharing a bitcoin mining video and people witnessed mass censorship on Youtube caused by coronavirus.
Months before Covid-19, many crypto-focused Youtube channels were also banned and removed from the platform. The iron curtain attached to Youtube has prompted a number of crypto advocates to leave and join a more decentralized concept called Lbry.
Lbry is a sharing platform that uses blockchain technology to allow users to post material and get paid to do so. People using Lbry’s service can monetize their published material through its integrated payment system. The creators of the Lbry project state:
Lbry is a new protocol that allows anyone to build applications that interact with digital content on the Lbry network. Applications built using the protocol allow creators to upload their work to the Lbry host network (like Bittorrent), set a price per stream or download (like iTunes) or give it away for free (like Youtube without advertising). The work you post can be videos, audio files, documents, or any other type of file.
In addition to the main Lbry blockchain, the project also introduced Lbry.tv, a platform similar to Youtube but without censorship or centralization. The creators of Lbry call the platform Lbry.tv, “an almost complete web version of Lbry desktop, a browser for the Lbry network”.
Due to censorship and centralized video sharing platforms manipulating video shares and adding horrible ads, many people have migrated to Lbry platform for quite some time now. The developers behind the project note that the video sharing portal has:
Hundreds of huge YouTubers, like Veritasium, minutephysics, John Stossel and 3Blue1Brown. Tens of thousands of popular YouTubers co-publish or post unique content on LBRY.
Hollywood movies, including Oscilloscope Studios’ catalog, which includes award-winning movies starring actors like James Franco, Julia Stiles, David Cross and more.
Creators who champion free speech and free speech like Jordan Peterson, Benjamin Boyce, Justin Murphy, and more.
20,000 top academic lectures that have almost disappeared forever due to the threat of censorship.
All kinds of weird and quirky gems.
Decentralized, censorship-resistant social media and video-sharing platforms will one day be the norm
It will take time, but censorship-resistant and decentralized platforms will one day become the new normal. The masses are slowly starting to see the problem and there are tools that can decentralize social media and web video sharing techniques.
Platforms that pay content producers and artists directly, instead of a large portion of the profits going to intermediaries like Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and Youtube. There are projects like Tweet decentralize Twitter and concepts like Memo.cash by removing third parties from social media forums. Lbry.tv is an alternative to Youtube, Amazon and other hosting sites. It may be a nascent project and may not even be the final solution, but it’s a start in the right direction.
What do you think of Lbry and Lbry.tv? Let us know in the comments below.
Jamie Redman is the news manager for Bitcoin.com News and a fintech journalist living in Florida. Redman has been an active member of the cryptocurrency community since 2011. He is passionate about Bitcoin, open-source code, and decentralized applications. Since September 2015, Redman has written over 5,000 articles for Bitcoin.com News about disruptive protocols emerging today.
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