Veamcast very carefully watched the events surrounding the shutdown of Parler. We're inspired by their efforts but we see where they went wrong.
Social Media is Media. Filtering hate speech and obscenity is not censorship. It's decency. We understand that everyone is angry but on our platform, people will need to be civil if not respectful.
But speech should not be silenced because it questions something we know to be true. Truth must challenge falsehood by making itself clear. If we stifle opposing thought, we'll perish when the majority turns out to be wrong. Most of us have strong opinions and little knowledge.
We are living in a world where technical miracles are possible and yet we are are being pulled apart and divided by media bias and suppression, fake news, sensationalist headlines, celebrity journalism, dishonest and criminal behavior on part of the social networks. We need to call these out. We have incredible tools we can build upon. We can do better.
Veamcast allows people to create and publish as well as comment, rate and share content from any website. It allows any type of content to be created and shared. We fully expect people to be critical of a lot of it. We expect them to comment on it and we don't expect it all to be respectful. But lines must be drawn and we must draw those lines as a collective community and not leave it to the social media companies and/or cloud providers. Algorithms can help but they should be transparent in their intent (we're working on profanity filters and we'll screen for threatening language).
Veamcast also allows content to be reported as illegal, recorded but blocked and the authorities made aware in a public forum.
Illegal and offensive content will be blocked but discussion about why will continue. A mechanism will be setup for restoration of blocked content and blocking of bogus blockers.
Copyrights belong to the creators and the spoils should be shared to those who bring the viewers in an equitable way.
We will obey the law and cooperate with law enforcement. We'll have to deal with the file lines between between inspiring material and plagerism and between fake and fact.
False content should be disputed with facts and links disproving it's validity. Fiction and parody should be clarified with the 'true' story.
Local news and events should promote local businesses. Local advertising should be encouraged and given priority in the hopes of restoring the small businesses which have suffered so much from this pandemic and better distribution of wealth.
We will prioritize objective thinking, positive messages and fact based reporting.
Our free users are currently hosted on Amazon Web Services and we will monetize their traffic with advertising favoring local businesses when possible. We will also run ads for our screened paid users content.
Our plan is to allow paid users to host their content on the various cloud services available. They will be able to use their own branding. They'll own their own accounts on those clouds leaving all Section 230 liability to the cloud provider.
We also plan to give our paid users various options to monetize their content which should result in a much better deal for them than the one given by YouTube.
All content consumed in our apps and on the Veamcast website will be crowd moderated.
How and why to use Veamcast... (coming soon).
Your browsing history, search history and favorites are stored locally on your computer and we do not sync or share that data at all.
For our beta product, we are offering no guarantee of privacy for communication sent through Veamcast and we may never be able to. Since the content generated by Veamcast can be stored on various clouds, we could never be any more secure than they are.
Currently, Veamcast is not the right tool to use for messages which contain info which could be damaging if made public. It's just not the right tool for that purpose.
When you register using Veamcast, you will provide us with certain personally identifiable
information including your email address. Email sent using the Veamcast product is sent using your name and email address so people you send the messages to can view that information (this works the same as regular email).
At any time, if you wish to no longer receive correspondences via email, please contact us via the address listed on our contact page.
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