Internet censorship is blocking the growth of the crypto industry more than we can comprehend. It’s not just China; every nation censors the internet in some way due to various religious and political reasons. The World Wide Web plays a vital role within the crypto industry, and just because cryptocurrencies are often tied to various illicit activities, crypto-based content and services have been censored.
Last week, YouTube went on to remove hundreds of cryptocurrency-related videos starting December 23. The video streaming platform, removed several cryptocurrency-related contents while giving warnings and “strikes,” which prevented content creators from producing new content.
YouTuber later confirmed that the strikes were the result of an “error” on their part. The strikes were later resolved.
This isn’t the first time for internet giant Google, it had previously cracked-down on cryptocurrency-related advertising and updated its financial services-related ad policies to ban any advertising about cryptocurrency-related content, including initial coin offerings (ICOs), wallets, and trading advice.
The Mega Corporation later went on to ban popular Ethereum wallet and decentralized application browser MetaMask’s android client from its application store. The MetaMask team announced this on twitter stating that Google had suspended MetaMask’s application, claiming it was in violation of Google’s financial services policies.
As per the tweet, Google reportedly cited its policy that prohibits mining on mobile devices and also rejected MetaMask’s appeal.
The news quickly followed by a similar move by Google’s rival Apple. According to an announcement from cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase, the exchange would be removing its decentralized application browser functionality from the Coinbase mobile wallet application on the app store, to comply with Apple’s App Store policy.
In a Reddit thread, Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong confirmed the reports stating:
“This is really unfortunate to see. Apple seems to be eliminating the usage of Dapps from the App Store. If Apple customers want to be able to use Dapps, we may need to make this request know to Apple in some way.”
A move like this is a huge blow to the crypto enthusiasts that are using Apple devices as well as the crypto industry itself. Brian continued:
“This is an important area of innovation in finance, and many developers and early adopters of this technology have millions of dollars’ worth of crypto tied up in these financial applications, which they will no longer be able to use on Apple mobile devices if this app store policy continues.”
The crypto community is now expressing its interests in moving on to decentralized content sharing platforms. These events have sparked a revolution within a revolution that aims at absolute control. This might not be what the regulators have in mind, as they continue to block innovation in these sectors.