Freedom Universal TV / Tube – A Modest Suggestion

Just about anyone with a pulse is aware that YouTube has gone full on censorship. Anything remotely offensive to the Radical Left gets at a minimum demonetized and often outright removed. Support for Trump is one of those things. Videos showing guns, regardless of context is another. Videos that suggest it’s a bit daft, inviting 5 BILLION people from impoverished countries to flood in for “free” (meaning paid for by you) healthcare is another one.

Supposedly the reason is that “advertisers” don’t like “controversial” topics. The reality is that the same Triggered Mob of a few percent are harassing YouTube, some advertisers too. Then if ONE advertiser complains, all shows get cancelled.

Well, I think there’s an easy way to fix that.

You see, at present, advertising is somewhat randomly assigned to videos based on what the prior history of the USER says they might want to buy. My suggestion is just to let the Advertiser decide.

Have a new Video Platform, with a name like, oh, Freedom Universal TV or Tube. Anyone can put up any videos, but have a set of categories like the Movie Rating Guide. Sex, Violence, etc. It’s worked OK for movies hasn’t it? Content creators self rank for those things. The viewers can also vote if they think a video is improperly ranked (so that R rated music video that’s really an X gets reviewed). Mis-marks get changed, IF and Only If, they clearly belong in the other category. I’d likely expand the rating system with a few marks for particular product niches – like GV for videos with Gun Violence and GT for Gun Teaching & Tech. That way gun makers can advertise to the “how to use it” channels and churches can run PSAs against violence on the others ;-)

Then Advertisers get a similar form. They choose do they want their ad to run on Sexy, Violent, Political, Edgy Humor, and some other types of shows. That way “Gun How To” videos can attract gun advertising. Sexy Music videos can attract Victoria Secret ads.

In the end, everyone is happy. Creators get to create whatever they want. Viewers get to watch it. Advertisers only advertise in categories appropriate to their product. IF someone makes a crap video that advertisers universally hate, they get no money. Otherwise they do.

While I’d prefer that this all be community driven with distributed P2P (Peer to Peer) structure, and direct Advertiser to Creator payments, I suspect reality would dictate that having an actual company and server farm would work better as a start-up.

In which case I’d have all videos under the control of the creators, not the platform. Just like my computer disk is MINE and not the telco that connects my computer to download / upload sites. Folks with good personal computers and reliable networks put their material on their machine, then it gets cached on the central distribution site if there’s a lot of traffic for it. Folks without 24 x 7 computers can rent a patch of Virtual Machine on the video farm for their content. Again, they OWN that VM and content and the distribution system can not remove it (as long as they pay their bill). This puts a break between creator ownership and Public Utility Distribution.

It also adds the layer that advertising is also “distributed” out to videos as they play, based on Advertiser choices. So basically there are two independent groups of creators. Show and Ads. They agree to definitions of content category / type. Each chooses where they wish to participate. At the time the viewer picks a show, the distributor runs the show and a random ad from the appropriate pools and allots the revenue earned. Everyone has freedom to choose.

I’d call this company Freedom Universal Tube, or F.U.Tube, for short. 8-.)

A similar company could be set up for person to person communication. Similar rules. You own your messages. Followers are yours too. You rate your mico-blog as to G, R, X, etc. and any particular product types involved (like computer stuff for me). Then advertisers get to pick what categories they like. Every N (where N is large) messages get a small advert in it to keep things funded.

This, of course, would be called Freedom Universal Friends Book, or F.U.F.Book

This ought to be pretty easy to create / set up. The software isn’t that hard, and a lot of it is already Public Domain.

I gift this idea to the world, and anyone who wants to implement it may do so. The names are Copy Left Attribution by me and may be used by anyone who implements a free and open platform that does not gather PII on folks or invade their privacy; and who allows all speech, even speech they hate. (PII is Personal Identifying Information in the computer biz). Decisions on what is invasion of privacy or too much data gathering are entirely left to me to settle.

Should anyone have a huge pile of cash burning a hole in their pocket and wish to fund this, I’m available to manage things.

This posting was inspired by the following video. 21 Minutes on Freedom To Speak:

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6 Responses to Freedom Universal TV / Tube – A Modest Suggestion

  1. Taz says:

    Decentralized is the way to go. No one can be trusted with censorship….2019 was our year of discovery. We now know how many citizens truly believe in free speech :(

    Yeah, some people who rely on monetization sharing won’t be able to function in such a world. But honestly, if their content was never produced – would anyone notice?

    Build a Tor relay (their REAL relay node numbers are dropping fast)

    Fire up an old laptop and turn it into a 24/7 ZeroNet node. Better may be coming – but Zeronet works fine. If/when they start including a tracker beacon with every install – nothing can stop them. It’s a simple,simple system. Simple works.

    Watch Loki. Their disadvantage is being Australian. Australians don’t seem to like free speech much. Eastern Europe is a better environment for free speech. They know what it’s like to be without it. Australians are just learning.

  2. cdquarles says:

    Lol at the names. The idea is great.

    What Taz says is all too true. The USA’s counter revolution began while the founders were still living. That even now, more than 200 years later that counter revolution hasn’t been successful, to date, does say something good about the USA. The $64,000 question remains, as Franklin so aptly put it, is whether there are enough of us that still want to keep the Republic they founded. That’s looking shakier by the day. The impeachment farce is just one symptom.

    I would like to found a company that’d do some serious scientific work, while my health permits. Fighting the “man” cost me big time, so all I have is the small pension that I have left.

  3. Steven Fraser says:

    Structurally, appears to be a like a ‘Video’ Usenet, with advertising. I like the concept and the names, especially the ability of the Advertisers to place adds in the topical areas, much like they do for TV and Show timeslots… that get them to their target demographics.

    I’d add some feedback mechanisms to what you describe. Perhaps universal support for donations to publishers of content, video or just ‘articles’. If someone writes great content, I’d like to send them a bonus, either anonomous, or by user name.

    Such a thing could be crowdfunded, or have actual stockholders… the content providers, I think. It would not take much capital to get started.

  4. E.M.Smith says:

    @Taz:

    I’ve made a half hearted attempt to set up a Tor relay a couple of times, but my AT&T router has fought me on it. I think I may have finally found the right widget to set thing up, but would want to move seversl devices behind my interior router first. I THINK it is just going to take setting a DMZ rule pointing to one server, but the router doesn’t seem to support an actual DMZ. One of those “someday” projects…

    Also thanks for the pointer to ZeroNet and Loki. It has been a while since I did a review of where tech had reached. The Loki site is a bit garish, but their ideas look good. ZeroNet has an exposure via lack of anonymity. In a world of vicious Cancel Culture, an Anonymous option is essential.

    But at least the move is starting.

    @cdquarles:

    Society moves in waves and cycles. The under 20 group are becomming reactionaries against the crap… take heart.

  5. Steven Fraser says:

    @EM: You wrote ‘ In a world of vicious Cancel Culture, an Anonymous option is essential.’

    Yes. Observed, even by Benjamin Franklin, when publishing as ‘Silence Dogood’ letters in his Brother’s newspaper, the Courant.

  6. E.M.Smith says:

    Well, time and tech move on. Looks like others are already going there…
    https://joinpeertube.org/en/

    A free software to take back control of your videos

    With more than 100 000 hosted videos, viewed more than 6 millions times and 20 000 users, PeerTube is the decentralized free software alternative to videos platforms developed by Framasoft

    Then, in this latest Dig Here! I’ve also discovered the Beaker Browser
    https://beakerbrowser.com/

    That lets you self publish from the browser p2p via torrents.

    There will be an article on this is “a while”. Where I am right now is blocking access to “the peer to peer category” thus illustrating its need and importance…. I could do a VPN out to bypass it, but ATM will be leaving at any time, so not worth the effort.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beaker_(web_browser)

    Website beakerbrowser.com

    Beaker is a free and open-source web browser currently in development by Blue Link Labs. Beaker Browser peer-to-peer technology allows users to self-publish websites and web apps directly from the browser, without the need to set up and administrate a separate web server or host their content on a third-party server. All files and websites are transferred using Dat, a hypermedia peer-to-peer protocol which allows files to be shared and hosted by several users. The browser also supports the HTTP protocol to connect to traditional servers.

    Beaker is built using the Electron framework and therefore uses the Chromium browser as a renderer for webpages.

    Content sharing

    Files stored in a local folder can be published as a Dat website and made accessible to other users through the peer-to-peer protocol.

    The files are seeded from the local folder while the browser is active. To make them also available while the browser is closed, the user may use several alternative options to host the content:

    Ask other users of the browser to share a copy. The content will be accessible as long as any of the users are using the Beaker browser.
    Publish the content through a third-party server.
    Create a permanent self-hosted homebase server

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