View this post on Hive: The Big Lie regarding the Crypto Ad Ban
In mid-February 2020 Justin Sun acquired the shares in Steemit Inc and proceeded centralise the blockchain under his control, improperly using Steemit's founders stake (intended for development and decentralisation of the blockchain) and tricking exchanges into initially supporting his power grab.
After extensive efforts to resolve the dispute failed, the community revolted and formed a new, fully decentralised blockchain - Hive - without the pernicious influence of Justin Sun and his minions.
Because of Open Source licensing, Hive was legally able to duplicate all the code and content on Steem.
The vast majority of the community and decentralised applications and projects moved to Hive and Hive was listed on many cryptocurrency exchanges without having to pay the normal listing fees.
On 19 May 2020, a Steem hard fork (0.23) designed to steal the Steem from 65 accounts associated with creating Hive became public.
My position on this hard fork can be found here: https://peakd.com/hf23/@brianoflondon/letter-to-exchanges-do-not-run-steem-hard-fork-23-hf-0-23-0
This was the final straw for my involvement with Steem.
I will now post exclusively on Hive at https://peakd.com/@apshamilton/posts
All my old Steem content can also be found on Hive.
I've been running [@jpbliberty](https://goldvoice.club/steem/@matteozago/why-the-net-giants-are-worried-about-the-web-3-0-44b2d3620da5](https://medium.com/@matteozago/why-the-net-giants-are-worried-about-the-web-3-0-44b2d3620da5)
Big Lie comes from one flawed report
Tellingly for a Big Lie, all the news allegations about a very high percentage of ICOs being scams can be traced back to a single flawed report by a group called Statis.
I don't know who they are and they have no official status.
But under the terms of their own report they classified Reddit posts about an ICO that other people said was a scam as an ICO scam.
They also admit that the vast majority of money lost on so called ICO scams was in just 3 scams.
Thus they vastly inflated both the number of ICOs and the number of scams based unverified, defamatory hearsay and trolling.
Anyone can say another project is a scam. It doesn't make it so.
Failed projects are not scams. 95% of all tech startups in all areas will fail.
That is the nature of innovation and capitalism.
And I’m not the only one calling out the vast overuse of the word “scam” in the Crypto Industry. Here is Naomi Brockwell (@skycorridors) on the topic https://youtu.be/vf_msoVIPac & https://youtu.be/ssX0RFVW-TQ
Technical requirements make real ICO scams rare
An ICO in late 2017 / early 2018 required smart contracts to be set up on the Ethereum (or other) blockchain. A simple Reddit post does not constitute an ICO. And other people calling it a scam on social media doesn't make it one. The level of unjustified and defamatory attacks on other projects in the Crypto Industry is high. It is not evidence of a real scam.
The technical requirements for actually sending money to an ICO and receiving ICO tokens during late 2017 & early 2018 were pretty high and certainly not for naive investors.
- Having purchased or mined Ethereum (ETH);
- Sending the ETH to your own cryptocurrency wallet;
- Sending ETH from your own wallet to the ICO wallet.
No one without a decent understanding of Crypto could even work out how to do this! So the people who lost money in real ICO scams knew about crypto in detail and were, in that sense, experienced investors.
I note here that because of the very large amounts of money that early crypto true believers made and were looking to reinvest, the huge numbers of projects available to invest in, and the practical limitations on individual investor's time, the strategy of just putting some money in everything your heard of, without doing due diligence, was a legitimate investment strategy.
Yes, you might lose some money to scams, but it made sure you had money early in the projects that would be hugely successful and make up for all the other failed and (few) scam projects.
So this is the BIG LIE that Facebook used to cover its own illegal banning of all crypto industry ads on 30 Jan 2018.