While there is no doubt that social media platforms have completely altered how people interact and share information, not every aspect of their creation has been positive. There are those who will always find a way to convert something good into something bad, and there’s no shortage of simpleminded individuals taking advantage of the anonymity of the Internet to publish responses to posts and conversations that have little more to offer than cow dung.
Fortunately, there are ways to combat these trolls, and Twetch, the social media platform operating on the Bitcoin SV (BSV) blockchain, has made it easier than ever. Enter the Troll Toll, a perfect way to ensure the mindless drivel stays away.
The Troll Toll was introduced last week and announced by Twetch through a Twitter post that explains, “Instead of blocking, Twetchers can now choose how much it costs for a user to interact with them using the command /trolltoll.”
Trolling just got expensive 💰
Instead of blocking, Twetchers can now choose how much it costs for a user to interact with them using the command /trolltoll pic.twitter.com/5o1ljfy08T
— Twetch ✪ (@twetchapp) April 16, 2020
In other words, trolls can only carry out their efforts by paying up, something that most will determine to be too inconvenient and not valuable. It allows a Twetch user to assign a value to a particular individual on the platform, requiring that person to pay for his or her response to appear.
Needless to say, the response to the new feature has been overwhelmingly positive, with a couple of exceptions from people who would almost definitely fall under the classification of a troll. Twetch, by its nature, was already set up to help control trolls, since it is a micropayment-driven solution, but this adds an extra layer that allows users to force certain individuals to pay more—and let them know they’re irritating at the same time.
The social media sector of the Internet has morphed to the point that everyone believes they have the right to voice their opinion, even when it’s not wanted or warranted. Twetch goes a long way toward ensuring that conversations stay on topic and relevant, and also provide a level of automatic diplomacy to the discussions. By storing all of the data on the blockchain, there’s also the inability now for someone to deny having made a comment, since the communications are stored in an immutable, permanent record.
Twetch is just one of the many real-world use cases that are driving blockchain adoption further. The implementation of microtransactions puts control of data back in the hands of its creator, allowing them to be fairly compensated for their efforts. The BSV network facilitates these types of transactions better than any other blockchain and has become so material that it is now being used for everything from social media communication to enterprise data management operations.
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