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in steemleo •  last month 

It appears that Instagram (Facebook) is on the banning campaign again. This is taking money out of the hands of content creators, most often without warning.

We are seeing this happening more and more across the traditional social media circles.

In fact, here is a quote that sums it all up.

“It is becoming increasingly challenging to build a business where your sole revenue comes in from third-party social-media platforms,” social media expert and commentator Kris Ruby.

Isn't this the truth?


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Social media companies are whacking accounts all over the place.

At the heart of Instagram's closing of accounts was the posting of memes. Many accounts generate a lot of money doing this.

One such person was 15 year old Ben (last name not given). He was generating $4,000 a month through his Instagram accounts. The multiple accounts were used to pass around memes.

Ben tried to log on only to find he was locked out of a number of accounts. Of course, the usual "violations of our terms and services" was given.

Memes cause quite a stir since, often, the pictures used are done so without giving credit to the content creator. Ben claims he was not in this camp since he was a content creator in the past so he knows what it is like to have your work used without being cited.

While $4,000 a month seems like a lot of money, according to Ruby, Ben is a bit player.

Here is the rest of the quote:

Compared to some, Ben was small potatoes. Ruby said some of these frivolous meme accounts could earn up to hundreds of thousands of dollars a year.

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/instagrams-purge-of-meme-accounts-cost-this-teenager-his-only-income-of-4000-a-month-2019-08-07?mod=mw_theo_homepage

Of course, Instagram (Facebook) is taking the high road on this. They are the noble ones, of course, protecting the property of the original content creators.

I have just one question: is Facebook going to give the money back that those accounts generated from its advertising?

Regardless of what Facebook does on that end, this is what we see taking place out there. This is the opening that is being afforded the Steem ecosystem. We are seeing thousands of people having their accounts purged by these social media companies. As Ruby said, having your business at the mercy of a third party social media company is risky.

Steem is the solution to that. We see a platform where earners can come and not have their accounts closed. There is no purging going on either for political or economic purposes. Without a third party entity to close accounts, people are free to progress without the fear of a centralized entity closing them down.

I do not see these mega-corporations changing what they are doing. This is going to continue as pressure is exerted upon them. A case could be made they have an agenda. I mean seriously, in the Facebook ecosystem, what does 30 pages of memes really represent? It is nothing compared to the entire platform.

Yet they decided these people violated their "terms of service". Perhaps, in this instance, it is truly the case. However, with these companies, you can never tell. With a blanket purge, how do they know who did or did not have permission to use the content? To them, it doesn't matter anyway.

The more of this we see, the greater the story of decentralization becomes. Over time, we need to leverage this into a gain for these platforms. Since the traditional social media entities chose their path, it is time for the decentralized systems to start making themselves known. As our applications start to get more users, we can count on the word spreading. This will pull in more people which should only increase the process.

Sometimes our enemy can be our greatest ally.


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More power to Steem. I deleted IG (app) maybe a couple weeks after joining over a year ago.

Occasionally I may click ‘post ad on IG’ when doing FB ad campaigns for clients but personally haven’t logged in since 😒

Was always a pain to post reflinks on IG anyway and if you owe FB/IG for ads, expect to be shadow-banned if the payment doesn’t clear 🤬

Facebook is a marketing tool where you provide the audience and the content, they collect majority of ad revs. Nothing wrong with that since they are a for profit company, it’s the users choice. And if you can generate from posting ads yourself, you get the most out of using Facebook and features (power editor etc) that the avg users never use.

If your not paying for ads on IG and FB your message simply won’t be seen by masses. If you go viral naturally, they filter and force you to pay for ads since you just proved that your traffic is valuable. A cat and mouse game that the cats always win, cats being advertisers and Facebook.

Steem is the closest thing to an actual social network albeit a social blockchain, given that we the users own and control the network.

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I wonder why Ben required multiple accounts and what crap he was posting making the Internet a weed field?
He learned how to game the system from a young age, so he will feel at home in steem.

Ben claims he was not in this camp since he was a content creator in the past so he knows what it is like to have your work used without being cited.

In the past, when he was ten? I wish to see a few of his original memes.

(says hotbit posting a one-sided comment to one-sided post)

P.S. As it often happens in media, Ben is likely a made-up persona, usually far from any real one.

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How the heck could "Ben" earn $4000 a month on steem. I've been on steem over a year and and half and invested thousand of dollars and lucky to make $40 a month😠. Steem is really starting to suck this place needs a major sort out if we want people like "Ben" to move to steem.

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How the heck could "Ben" earn $4000 a month on steem

''Ben'' was making $4000 a month on Instagram, not on steem, as per above article.

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Yes I know that's what I was trying to say "Ben" could not make $4000 month on steem as he does on Instagram.

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Definetly not bad for Steem, but its a long long way to make 4k a month on Steem. Although, to be honest, I don't know about the monetary value of the big accounts here in detail.

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I gotta do some research here... how does one even monetize meme posting on Instagram???

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Read the linked article & saw...

He made the money through selling shoutouts: Users looking to grow their pages paid Ben to promote those pages on his account.

A good indicator why user growth and eyeballs should be priority for Steem right now. That’s what brings investment money!

If Steem was as big as Instagram, earning 4k a month probably wouldn't be too difficult.

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  ·  last month (edited)

I know so many people that buy stuff from instagram ads, I can't understand why no ones just copy&pastes the instagram model (+ads) and just run in on Steem. You could even redistribute the ad money to the users, and there is no need for a forced curation etc.

We need to shill steem everywhere lol

Steem is fair but don't have lot of traffic whereas instagram have a lot of traffic and is not fair ;)

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Well, that's a new development I know they were going after people who said political stuff or did dumb shit I guess the goalposts are slowly moving for what counts for a violation. When you have a billion users you don't really care about kicking a few hundred off each day