Ethereum’s creator, Vitalik Buterin, believes that the current US scandal regarding the words of President Donald Trump regarding social media should teach us that we need to build decentralized platforms on the network.
Trump vs. social media
Trump claims that social platforms have already become too powerful. He has now signed a regulation according to which the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) may clarify whether moderating user entries through social networks should “be associated with the loss of protection against legal liability“. The document also calls on the government to consider the postulate not to place ads on those platforms that they can “Violate the principles of freedom of expression.”
All this is happening after Twitter put two Trump entries on a special urgent link on Tuesday “Know the facts” regarding correspondence voting. In his posts, the president stated earlier that allowing large-scale voting would lead to rigging the presidential election, which is expected to take place in November.
Twitter links directed the user to articles that straightened Trump’s statements.
Vitalik Buterin in the war against censorship
Vitalik Buterin claims that this situation has shown how important it is to decentralize social media so that it cannot be censored.
I think the decentralization space moving away from “every man for himself” mentality (people just post stuff, your job to filter and search) and toward “archipelago” mentality (choice of diverse self-governing communities) is a huge and important step forward .
– vitalik.eth (@VitalikButerin) May 27, 2020
While Buterin claims that placing these links to Trump’s post is a better alternative than completely removing posts, he adds that he is concerned “Selective indignation”, which threatens Twitter’s independence.
It is worth noting that Trump also published similar content on Facebook – but here nobody reacted.
– These tweets contain potentially misleading information about the electoral process and have been deemed to show additional context around correspondence voting – Twitter spokeswoman Katie Rosborough explained the policy of her company.
In turn, Mark Zuckerberg in an interview with Fox News television said that in his opinion private companies should not interfere so much in the content of users. – I don’t think Facebook should be a truth arbiter about everything people say on the internet Said Zuckerberg.