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Facebook bans crypto ads, CLOUT offers an alternative

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Facebook is banning all ads related to cryptocurrencies and ICOs. Even ads about Bitcoin. The reason is clear: the social network has had enough of fraudulent and deceptive information.

The policy is understandable: unless Facebook invents a mechanism to filter misleading ads, it is easier to ban them all. However, any moderation is hard to imagine. There are lots of ICO ratings and audit companies that are dealing with the same problem of scam ICOs, deceptive information, and fraud. Still, the number of crowd sales is growing at an unprecedented pace, and so does the number of dirty players. With dozens of crowd sales being announced daily, it would take weeks for experienced experts to analyze them all and decide whether a particular ad is decent or not.

Fortunately, decentralized technologies are not only the source of the problem but also a solution. The problem of fraud has plagued the crypto-community for years, and it was just a question of time when the community would consolidate in order to sort it out. Now, the solution is here: the CLOUT project.

CLOUT is a decentralized media platform for the crypto-community. It functions as a social media, where users can share, comment, like or dislike pieces of content. The main advantage of CLOUT is its ability to self-regulation. Each user has his own rank that is formed on the base of votes that he receives from the community. If somebody posts dishonest or fraudulent content, other users can dislike it and lower the ‘karma’ of the author. Projects also have their own ranks that are being formed in the same way. So, the community regulates itself: decent projects and useful pieces of content are being approved and awarded with CLOUT’s cryptocurrency by the platform itself and its participants. On the contrary, dishonest projects and pieces of content are being penalized.

Being a media platform for ‘all-crypto’, CLOUT offers advertising opportunities for its participants. Any project can sign up and start an advertising campaign targeted to a specific crypto-related audience of potential investors. Thanks to its self-regulated mechanism, CLOUT doesn’t need a complicated technological solution or manual moderation of advertisement placements. This is all done automatically by the CLOUT reputation system.

Finally, it is worth saying that the crypto-market really needs some sort of regulation in order to keep the fraudulent projects and authors in check. However, the solution shouldn’t be autocratic – like that of Facebook – but use the power of decentralized technologies instead. Just like CLOUT does, for example.

Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Global Coin Report and/or its affiliates, employees, writers, and subcontractors are cryptocurrency investors and from time to time may or may not have holdings in some of the coins or tokens they cover. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency.

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Will Ripple (XRP) advocacy hike affect bitcoin dominance of China?

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Currently, China is leading in Bitcoin mining industry by far, second to none for bitcoin mining power. Literally, it’s contributing over 70% of the network’s hash rate (a term that is used in describing the total processing power of a blockchain network). But how Ripple fits in here and what it has to do with that? We’ll talk about that a bit later below, let’s cover some in-depth facts about China’s dominance over Bitcoin first.

It’s a near-complete dominance by China on the BTC mining grid that has made it responsible for mining a majority of circulating bitcoins. A Beijing-based company, Bitmain Technologies, is highly responsible for extracting the significant part – more than half of the globe’s bitcoin, and alone, it has approached 50% of the total hash rate more than once.

The fact that China is controlling a majority of Bitcoin hash rate, clearly tells that it has the power of manipulating or merely destroy the bitcoin network if it gets enough support should it decide to take such a move. Therefore, this has led to serious concerns among countries including the US that China might get an edge in this cryptocurrency industry and possibly becoming a potential threat.

China is the biggest manufacturer of Bitcoin as well as cryptocurrency mining equipment. The reason behind the massive growth of mining farms in the country is because of cheap electricity bills.

Furthermore, the country has adopted several…

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Bitcoin bull run momentum builds up; price breakout imminent

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There is no doubt that Bitcoin is the most significant and largest success story in the cryptocurrency sphere despite the volatilities the powerful digital coin has been experiencing this year. 2018 has been a rough year for major cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin that has seen the prices of the virtual currency depreciate from a high of 20,000 US dollars in January 2018, to a low of 6,400 US dollars in October 2018.

Regardless of not much powerful performance, Bitcoin still maintains being the most sought-after virtual currency in the market. In totality, Bitcoin had a price appreciation of about 150,000 percent from its listing in July 2010 to the present day.

Bitcoins Brief Historical Evolution

In its lifetime so far, the number one ranked cryptocurrency has had its fair share of mixed bear runs, and bull runs throughout the years with the longest bear run being experienced in March 2014 and March 2015. However, in its history of up and down price progression throughout the years, gains have outweighed losses and Bitcoin has managed to record impressive highs of 20,000 US dollars as at December 2017.

As for this year, 2018 has been a nightmare for Bitcoin as its bullish gains have been low, recording shorter runs that have given rise to general losses attracting undue media attention from the general public and governments.

The Future of Bitcoin by Market Indicators

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Institutional investment presumption to send ETH, XRP, and Bitcoin high

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These days it points out that institutional investors slowly are gaining interest in the cryptocurrency domain. Practically, a real-world working model will attract institutional investors automatically from all over the globe. They will look for an opportunity to invest in the cryptocurrency industry if not necessarily in coins such as Bitcoin, Ripple’s XRP or Ethereum, and it seems like that moment is already at hand.

State of the Market

The past 24 hours have been stable for the crypto market as the entire market has seen steadiness in their trade. For that reason, the general market value has been lifted to $210.6 billion.

The state of the market has seen the price of Bitcoin go up by 0.7% to the $6,537 lifting its market cap to $113.2 billion. Bitcoin cash has stayed stable too at $466 representing a slight drop of 0.56% and the market cap being $7.7 billion.

Also, Ethereum price dropped 0.59% to $205.87 giving it a market cap of $21.1 billion, and as for Ripple (XRP), a similar trend was experienced whereby it dropped by 0.15% to stand just above 46 U.S cents making its market cap to stand at $18.5 billion.

The stability in the cryptocurrencies is a positive gain as that increases hopes and chances for the institutional investments.

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