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There's a new YouTube in town

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Tue, Apr 10th, 2018 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Called D.Tube, the system looks and feels very much like YouTube but is not under Google's dictatorship. And there is no advertising: instead both commenters and creators are rewarded with digital tokens. Reportedly, users are flocking to the new system after recent privacy scandals and monetisation changes in order to keep what they value most: control.

While YouTube has had to start taking a tougher line on censoring offensive videos that advertisers don’t want to be associated with, a growing swath of creators have fled to sites such as DTube to avoid the constraints. Like other upstart sites, DTube runs on the blockchain network Steem, and users can pay creators and commenters in digital tokens. That’s another point of distinction with YouTube, as well as with Facebook and Twitter. All three advertising-driven sites are phasing out ads for cryptocurrencies, shielding themselves from potential legal liability if the ads are scams or the digital coins are eventually regulated as securities. Video creators with an interest in cryptocurrency say that’s also a factor driving them away from the big names. In the wake of Facebook’s data scandal, privacy is a third.

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