In recent times a new set of technologies have emerged into the market that in my opinion is harmful rather than beneficial to humanity, I am going to deal with one of these: blockchain powered forums like steemit.
Steemit is a forum that rewards users for producing content, likes and comments on its forums. The content after seven days is locked into a blockchain. Forums such as Steemit encourage attention-seeking, users producing content that attracts the attention of fellow users. The more attention the user gets, the more they earn in cryptocurrency. Steemit has designed their forums to reward content that is popular with other users.
The problem I see with forums such as Steemit is that users will publish abusive, fake, harrassing, bullying, hateful and defamatory content in order to generate income, and this content will never be possible to remove because it is locked into a blockchain after seven days.
I have fought Satan Hunters for over three years who have attacked innocent families and children in Hampstead London with fictional stories of ritualistic rape, torture, murder and eating of children. It has been a painful and slow process of removing abusive, dishonest, defamatory and harrassing content from social media such as Twitter and Facebook. The Satan Hunters are now moving into Steemit and posting the same and often worse targetted content against kids and their families, but now after seven days this type of content cannot be removed from the blockchains.
We are in the early days of this new technological way of using forums which are posted to blockchains, and neither the legal authorities or the governments are yet aware of the massive challenges this type of technology is going to raise. Already many barbarian-minded users are going to abuse this technology to profit with rewards of crypocurrency whilst hurting targetted victims, whilst their content cannot be removed without destroying the entities such as Steemit and their blockchains.