GOOGLE Ban of Cryptocurrency Ads part 2.012075

MARCH 15, 2018 15:39
Cryptocurrencies and the Distribution of Power in the Age of Google and Facebook

Although Bitcoin has been able to prove it is possible to exchange value without the need for the centralization of money production and validation, cryptocurrencies have a long way to go.

Exchanging value freely online is probably the most important achievement since the internet actually came to existence. If you think about it, despite how many other technologies will influence, accelerate and improve the overall quality of living, like AI, VR, AR and machine learning, none can compare with cryptocurrency in terms of basic influence on people’s lives. This is, in a few years everyone will definitely use some sort of cryptocurrency for payments. Why would people still want to hold onto bank accounts that have fees to maintain? I’m not referring to companies or governments; I’m talking about people in general. The influence cryptocurrencies can have in daily things will happen much faster than other technologies, much like the internet.

https://www.statista.com/statistics/273018/number-of-internet-users-worldwide/
— this article is not financial advisement, simply my opinion and thoughts. Most of my personal savings are in some form of cryptocurrency so please take whatever I say with a grain of salt. Do not invest what you cannot afford to lose–

Shall we address the not-so-transparent elephant in the room?
In my last article, I did mention all who gain power are afraid to lose it. How enjoyable it was when today I woke up and read Google’s also banning cryptocurrency ads! It wasn’t so long ago that Facebook also chose to ban any cryptocurrency related ad too.

“I’m sure they both had solid reasons to do that”

Oh man, if only that were true. If only companies actually cared about people, the outcome of so many strategies would be so different.

Today I have a simple goal: to show you how wrong people’s perception of these companies’ strategies really is.

Ads Policy
When you hear a company is blocking certain ads, behaviours, actions, posts, whatever it is, the reasons are most likely competitive ones. This is, the easiest way for any company to dominate the market is by shaking off competition. Let’s use the two examples mentioned above.

Facebook:

“This policy is intentionally broad while we work to better detect deceptive and misleading advertising practices, and enforcement will begin to ramp up across our platforms including Facebook, Audience Network and Instagram. We will revisit this policy and how we enforce it as our signals improve.”

Google:

“We don’t have a crystal ball to know where the future is going to go with cryptocurrencies, but we’ve seen enough consumers harm or potential for consumer harm that it’s an area that we want to approach with extreme caution.”

Both companies mention more or less the same reason: to protect consumers from bad investments and scams. I mean, that seems fair right? Below we have google’s adwords user policy.

https://support.google.com/adwordspolicy/answer/6008942?visit_id=1-636566250825312449-2090968679&rd=1
For extra details check the Financial Services section. Interestingly enough, companies are indeed allowed to advertise financial services, like personal credits, financial products, etc. So why exclude cryptocurrencies?

Demystifying Companies’ Behaviors
The most obvious answer is to block competitors with much more added value to advertise their products. There are people building decentralized search engines, decentralized social networks, decentralized supply-chains and decentralized everything. This means that economic incentives ARE included with the platform. You, as a user, will get money (in the form of tokens) for using those platforms or for sharing content on those platforms. The basic idea is that you always get something in return.

This is the true power of distributed ledger technology: when you associate it with economic incentives, virtually any product or company can be decentralized. Users of those products or companies will have more added value because there is an economic incentive working on the background to improve their experience by giving tokens for data, which can exist in many forms and shapes. Just look at:

Bitclave, a decentralized search engine: with this product you’re able to get tokens for sharing data. It is literally a web browser that pays you for searching and sharing data.

Do you think this was Google’s reaction?

Obviously not.

Steemit, a social network where users get paid to post content. The steemit ledger has incredible mechanics where posts actually count as transactions making the blockchain move forward. Any post you share on steemit can be upvoted by community members and each upvote will entitle to some steem dollars.

Both projects are backed by incredibly talented people. For example, Dan Larimer, Steemit’s founder, is also coordinating the EOS project, which is considered to be one of the major contestants as a future player in the DLT protocol industry. There are many other cases of companies developing state-of-the art technology that can improve people’s lives everywhere around the world. We’re talking about the full digitalization of any asset with economic incentives. Meaning, any correctly implemented blockchain, with PoW as consensus mechanism, is infinitely more secure than Google’s or Facebook’s servers. This has been proven by Bitcoin and the blockchain, at least until now.

What Now?
As users of Google and facebook, we have two options. Either we accept the policies and get on with our lives, or we refuse to accept them and either go away or make some noise about it.

Leaving those platforms is hardly the right solution, as forcing people to change is literally what I’m against. Raising awareness about the centralization of those platforms and sharing alternatives, that is what we should be doing.

At the end of the day, we all have a choice:

(a)We can accept these companies will forever own our data and monetize it for their own profits, creating unbalance in the content creation economy and lifting barriers for competitors to enter the market (because they can ban people from posting alternatives as it’s happening now);

(b) We can instead support other projects, not only by creating content on those platforms (profiles, articles, posts, etc) but also by sharing them with others. The more people, the merrier!

You are now allowing these companies, which actually profit from your data, to decide what you can and cannot see.

Remember: if you believe in cryptocurrency at is core, spend as much time as possible thinking about it and talking about it. It’s up to all of us to teach and share how this wonderful technology works and the numerous advantages it brings for its users.

Join me, and together we can rule the galaxy

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With an academic background in economics and professional experience in tech, I believe cryptocurrencies to be the fuel that will drive the 21st economies. I have founded Bityond, a tech skills-matching platform and i write OpEd articles for ccn.com.

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GOOGLE follows FB lead & Bans Crypto Ads

Updated 2hrs hours ago from CNBC :

“Title: Google will ban all cryptocurrency-related advertising
Google is cracking down on cryptocurrency-related advertising. The company will no longer allow ads about cryptocurrency-related content, including initial coin offerings (ICOs), wallets, and trading advice across any of its ad platforms.

Their move follows a similar ban by Facebook earlier this year.
Jillian D’Onfro | @jillianiles”

We understand why Google and Facebook are doing this completely And it makes sense!

Coins in the blockchain technology (Cryptocurrency Markets) right now at least, are considered the equivalent to a stock of companies by the US (thank Trump for locking the little guy out)….

Just like ‘We’ are protected from, (not allowed to participate in) being an early investor in a Companies, Initial Stock Offering (ISO) with out being a qualified investor. (a Company Or person with a net worth of a minimum of One million dollars) and financial Instruments are not allowed to be advertised because of the Legal and Liability Headaches that they would open Google up to (like porn, smoking, alcohol and firearms).

‘They’ (Google, FB etc.) understand its better to just not get in a war with the US FTC. Afterall they make enough money with out them and they are a US corp.

Its simple and probably fatal-compli.

Now why is it a good thing….

1:Blockchain is here for good so the industry will still grow

2:Regulation is coming so the amount of flim-flam artists and scammers are going to go away.

3:Those who know how to find information out will be rewarded… obvious you and I know how to do that.

So We have a built in advantage against ads being shoved at the general public.

4: We will be able to get into more ICOs, because right now the way they advertise to the whole world, its almost impossible to get into some good ones. We now are VIPs!

Banning it will not stop it… It will just make it easier for us that understand the industry to really get ahead!

Note: Cryptocurrencies are very highly volatile, so please take care of your investments and always use stop loss orders to limit your losses.

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15.03.2018 Daily Cryptocurrency News

THE GOOD:

– World’s Largest Crypto Exchange Binance To Launch Decentralized Trading Platform

That’s ALL of the GUD…lol

Now 4 tha BAD.

– Coinbase’s recent Segwit Implementation Leads to Loss of undisclosed amount of Bitcoins

– Coinbase Receives E-Money License from UK Regulators Office

– Brazil’s Largest Digital Bitcoin Exchange, Foxbit Down for 72 Hours, 30 BTC missing. Nevertheless, Foxbit assured that the money that went missing doesn’t harm its operation, as it represents a small percentage of what it currently has. The wallets shown in its blog post have over 7,500 BTC in total.

To further protect users during its downtime, the platform is set to cancel several orders so users don’t lose their balances while unable to manage their accounts.

– R3 v. Ripple Lawsuit To Be Decided In NY As XRP Loses Its Appeal To CA Court

Note: Cryptocurrencies are highly volatile, so please take care of your investments and always use stop loss orders to limit your loss.

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