Many people are well-familiar with internet censorship imposed by nations like Russia, China, and the Middle East. However, there is a more familiar and understandable form of censorship that has seen its emergence on social media platforms. For instance, people of stringent and conservative political views have put the accusation on YouTube that it has been demonetizing their videos. This means that these videos are unable to mint advertising revenue.
Twitter has also been doing something along similar lines by banning accounts associated with hate speech. All of this is, in spite of the fact, that there are no laid down guidelines that distinctly demarcate what is acceptable and what is not acceptable for posting. Both of these social media conglomerates comply with a centralized norm for filtering of content. Both depend upon a single authoritarian figure to make the decision for what is permissible on their platforms. This authority can be constituted of a panel of human reviewers or the decision can also be taken with the help of computer algorithm. This decision of content filtering is almost akin to the censorship imposed by governments of several nations. The difference is that this time the medium is online social media platforms.
TRON has the capability to fight internet censorship and the trend of centralization of information. The ways in which the online entertainment industry can be disrupted has become a heated topic of discussion. But a more careful look can be taken at how the slow restriction of content and information, which has been taking place on the largest platforms like YouTube and Twitter, can be avoided by the usage of TRON’s platform.
TRON ensures direct ownership of content by content creator
The basis of a network like TRON lies in its ability to build an agreed-upon, comprehendible means for ownership of content. Whenever an article is published on Facebook, Medium or any such similar platform of online content, the creator cannot really take credit for being the owner. Once something goes on the internet, nobody can claim definite ownership of that content. Anyone is free to take the content, violate copyright laws, publish it according to his own needs and not even credit the original creator. Social media conglomerates like YouTube and Instagram enhance the connection between content and the content provider using direct promotion. But the problem arises in a different way.
The trade-off for YouTube publishing is agreeing to terms of licensing and opening oneself to censorship. Almost all content providers easily agree to this trade-off in return for endorsement and visibility. The final result was a channeling of all the internet content to some centralized and powerful distributors. It projects the image that all news yield from the three primary outlets like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter that have singular control over what be published, what can be monetized and at what price. All this opens up the avenue for an incentive-dependant feedback system which in turn results in stringent censorship.
How TRON Ensures Liability of Content Creator
From fake Facebook profiles toTwitter bots or forum posts on Reddit, it is difficult to keep track on the creator of the content or with whom the actual source belongs.TRON has come up with a solution to solve this problem through the implementation of blockchain technology.In spite of the fact that anonymity cannot be fully shunned, a block-chain based network (like that of TRX) offers a complete ledger for the purpose of content distribution.
This basically implies that if a certain person posts any type of content, the entire consumer base of TRON’s network will agree to the existence of the connection.TRON’s network helps the content creator gain back the rights to his content and it enables in the distinct identification of the source of the content. An account owner posting abusive, harmful content can no longer deny their accountability towards their created content. The content also cannot be deleted owing to the blockchain’s permanence. The consensus mechanism of a blockchain links an account to the created content, in the same way, that a cryptocurrency blockchain keeps track on the history of transactions of an account.
TRON is not slated to have an immediate impact in transforming the way content is published and distributed across various digital platforms on the internet, but it could usher in a drastic change in the rules of censorship that has become a trend across all social media and online content platforms. By emphasizing on direct ownership and liability of created content, TRON could transform digital interaction on every platform. While the existence of trolls, hate-mongers, and plagiarists and cannot be easily annulled, the blockchain network of TRON will manage to keep censorship in check and ensure wider representation for content of all categories. TRON’s visualization for the purpose of content distribution is undeniable as it plans to deploy a feature that could motivate more people to be accountable for the content they create and their own online repute.
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