Today I received the following email from “Disqus Publisher Success “:
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And so it begins. Disqus has taken the first step to banning my blog from their normally free service. They now want me to pay them money because they don’t like my content.
Here is their policy for their free service:
“The Basic package does allow a site to use the Disqus service for free, but does not necessarily mean that they earn revenue from the ads being shown.”
Not only that, I should still qualify for their ad free services.
“For personal blogs, .edu sites, non-profits, and small sites that do not run other advertising, Disqus advertising is optional. If you are a small, non-commercial site, you are eligible for a free subscription to our Plus plan.”
I have asked for this free service and so far the comment section seems to be working. Time will tell. One thing is certain they are not going to get a dime from me.
I feel honored to be “demonetized” and have renewed urgency to integrate a public blockchain based solution.
The way things are going, voice better get off of aws and google or I won’t be able to post my nonviolent, pro-true-democracy content.
I was planning on selling my book through Amazon and Apple, but I’m thinking of giving it away rather than letting these companies take a cut.
I hope voice has what it takes to protect the community from google and Amazon rather than comply with their censorship standards.