Legacy technology companies, like the legacy media, continue to attempt to disrupt emerging alternative technologies. In early November of 2018, gab.com, the free speech Twitter alternative, was deplatformed from the internet by it’s hosting company, GoDaddy, and cut off by payment processor PayPal. A week later, gab was back online, hosted by epik. Epik’s founder and CEO, Robert W. Monster, posted about Why Epik Welcomed Gab.com:
De-platforming a haven of free speech is not about left or right. Anyone who remembers studying civics is familiar with the concept of inalienable rights — rights that a worthy government can only protect but would have no moral authority to take away. The idea of Natural Law and Inalienable Rights dates back to Ancient Greece, if not before. Tolerance for competing views — including those protected by Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Press — is not an American concept even though the Founding Fathers of the United States built a prosperous nation around the concept.
Indeed, the right to free speech is enshrined in the US first amendment, the Canadian charter of rights, and the UN declaration of universal human rights. Companies like Google and Twitter are attempting to use their near monopoly positions to prevent legal speech on the internet. When legitimate alternatives like gab give a platform to anyone who is not breaking the law, other high tech companies like GoDaddy, PayPal, and Joyent take away their right to exist on the internet and to accept payment for services.
Another platform, BitChute.com, had their ability to accept donations revoked by PayPal. They are currently looking for an alternate payment processor. You can read their statement here: BitChute’s Immediate Removal from PayPal. According to it, PayPal gave no specific reason for their termination, but “It’s our belief that it is our stand against the current trend in censorship that has resulted in this action.”
Meanwhile, since CNN released a hit piece on the MGTOW (men going their own way) movement, Google’s YouTube has demonitized (prevented from receiving ad revenue) a score of MGTOW channels. It seems the days when advertisers were willing to allow YouTube to put their ads in front of the users most likely to buy their products is over. In order to avoid outrage over ideas that some don’t like, Google is willing to stab content creators in the wallet. Then, when an alternative platform is started up, Google’s pal PayPal attempts to shut it down.
While BitChute seeks a new payment processor, gab has turned to cryptocurrency, with an ICO (initial coin offering) to investors. Minds.com, a FaceBook alternative, uses the Ethereum cryptocurrency on the site. Finally, Akasha, which is a completely distributed social network that stores meta-data in a block chain and content in the IPFS (inter planetary file system) continues to improve.
It’s beginning to look like its no longer if but when we will see a mass migration to distributed computing and cryptocurrency. Tor and cryptocurrency have already found one killer application in the black market. If payment processors begin banning porn sites, this could fuel the adoption of cryptocurrency in a way we haven’t yet seen. In the words of Princess Leia:
“The more you tighten your grasp, the more sites will slip through your fingers.”