Forget an AMA, I've decided to post this open letter and AMQ (Answer My Questions) to challenge @justinsunsteemit to answer some pertinent questions about his actions; particularly the lies he is spreading on crypto-twitter.
Lets look at the facts.
@justinsunsteemit has proven himself a liar by misrepresenting the recent situation with softfork 222 on steem by out right stating that a group of malicious hackers removed the ability for him to vote with his steem stake.
The truth: The top twenty consensus witnesses, voted for by the steem community, implemented the softfork as a preventative measure against potential malicious acts by Justin Sun to undermine decentralization on steem. They did this with the proviso that it would be reversed when they could secure a legally binding contract from Justin Sun as to his exact plans on how he will use his stake.
Misleading comments re us collaborating w/ exchanges on a hostile takeover is false. Our intention was never to take over the network & all parties' votes will be withdrawn. We wanted to protect the sanctity of private property & the interests of all from malicious hackers.
I worked in marketing and PR for three years, so I understand exactly what @justinsunsteemit is doing with his tweets. In the first tweet above he paints himself (and the steem community) as victims, attempting to further develop the narrative that his PR department have come up with.
Dictating the narrative in situations of reputation management is literally PR one O one.
In the second tweet (featured above) Justin Sun releases a response, which again repeats lies about hackers, trying to debunk the truth that steemians are responding with in the comment sections of his tweets. What is interesting about that tweet is that that you get to the truth of the matter by reading exactly what he is denying.
The truth: He most definitely did 'collaborating w/ exchanges on a hostile takeover' as there is evidence if you look deeply enough into the matter. If you have steem stored on binance exchange, try to withdraw it and see what happens. It is locked up for 13 weeks because they have powered up your steem to vote with! I'm not that technically minded so I will direct you to a few posts that cover things from a more technical stand point (listen to the video by @lukestokes which explains the situation with exchanges simply and clearly).
I'm not the only person who recognizes the threat that Justin Sun's actions represent to decentralization. Vitalik Buterin, head of Etherium has spoken out over this issue:
But lets get back to @justinsunsteemit's twitter PR narrative.
The final tweet I saw from him yesterday further solidified his PR narrative, mainly to try and pull the wool over the eyes of the wider crypto twitter ecosystem.
Here he attempts to include us in the narrative they have been building up over the last 24 hours. Stating a 'supposed' heartfelt apology to the exchanges and the steem community for having to endure hostile actions by hackers.
What we can do...
We all understand the facts, and the blatant lies Justin Sun is telling, but the problem is that the average crypto twitter public will just take what he's saying on trust. Also, many cryptocurrency press websites are known for the poor quality of both their writing and research.
Therefore, it is essential that we steemians bombard the internet with the facts on twitter, facebook, medium (where I will be sharing a modified version of this article) and other crypto publishing platforms. I tried to share tweets in palnet's MSP network show last night, as well as other discord rooms and was met with a certain amount of negativity from people who think they know better.
Just in case anyone hasn't already visited these tweet already here is what I shared and my suggested message. Lol, feel free to be less confrontational than I was in my use of language.
Exchanges to tweet with this message:
You are implicit in trying to destroy the mechanisms of decentralization on the #steem #blockchain'@replacewithone of the exchanges listed above' If you have been involved in helping @justinsun facilitate a hostile takeover of one of the most promising #blockchain #steem in the crypto space, your exchange is nothing more than a Tron corporate shill @czbinacnce (again replace with owner of exchange), is that what you represent?
An organisation that uses other peoples assets without their consent?
Replace the name of the exchange, but repeat the message!
Let’s bombard these exchanges with negative publicity on twitter.
Here is the link to my tweet on binance:
Other things you can do is to go and vote the witnesses who were ousted by Justin Sun with your witness votes! At this point it doesn't really matter about affiliations etc. Lets just get a majority back in the top 20 so we can stop Justin Sun from changing the ecosystem we have all built based on true decentralized consensus, into a centralized general purpose blockchain, instead of the thriving dapp utility specific one we now have.
Justin Sun has proven that he is willing to use misinformation by promising a meeting with the top twenty witnesses on steem where he would address all the concerns and make his position clear. This was a delay tactic that has allowed him the time to take over the consensus witness positions by influencing exchanges to vote with the steem they hold.
I'm still uncertain of the legality of what the exchanges have done. it seems to me that by taking my steem and using it to influence governance issues on steem, they have taken my money without asking, then put it back in my wallet like a child borrowing from their parents wallet.
My Questions and Suggestions for @justinsunsteemit
These questions are simple to answer and easy for you to understand/action Justin.
1) When are you going to stop lying about this situation both on twitter and the Tron foundation official media outlet?
2) When are you going to stop aggressively trying to centralize steem blockchain under your control?
3) When are you going to stop treating steem and the community here like an acquisition?
Steemit inc is not the same as the steem blockchain. The stake you bought Justin, and the way you use it can either endear you to the community on steem or it can damn you to loose what I think you most wanted from Tron's acquisition of steemit; to encourage our community of over 10000+ daily active users to become interested in Tron.
I can help you out here with some suggestions/advice if you're a little confounded by the reaction of the steem community and the consensus witnesses we voted in which you removed contrary to the spirit of decentralization.
Let the developers develop, let the witnesses govern. We the steem community voted them in and we can vote them out if they start acting in a negative way.
The soft fork they implemented was approved by a major cross section of the community. There were discussions in discord and posts on steem where people could air their views. Consensus was reached by a community of over 10000+ active daily users, and you Justin Sun have destroyed the decentralized consensus.By voting in twenty unknown witnesses to the consensus positions. Do you understand the value of 10000+ people actively engaging and creating high level content in this emerging crypto industry?
Your actions have just alienated all of those people you wanted to try to entice to Tron. You could have made many millions of dollars from your purchased steem stake by helping to market steem, respecting the consensus witnesses and engaging the community with your own content. And yes, promoting Tron at the same time.
With your marketing expertise you could have helped drive steem back up into the top ten market cap, as with greater exposure people would have noticed steem’s industry leading utility, and you would have had a major stake in two successful blockchain technologies.
I hope you read this Justin and think about what I've said here. I am no one special on steem! But neither am I a no one on steem. It is a place I choose to publish a percentage of my writing. I am a freelance writer and aspiring novelist. I have also recently set up a hive community on steem to try to attract more mainstream writers. I also have plans how to build bridges between my steem community and mainstream publishing houses.
Your actions and behavior lying about everything that has happened have me on a knife edge whether to leave steem blockchain to focus my time elsewhere.
I am the type of person you want on this blockchain that you have acquired a stake in, and steem has many more like me. Professionals who bring a lot to this space. The thing is that professionals are generally intelligent people. They can see through lies and dissemination.
A lot of them will not stick around for much more of this type of behavior from you @justinsunsteemit, and with the content creators gone, you will have a major stake in nothing!
Please think about this before you make anymore rash decisions.
With the greatest respect.
You would help yourself by listening to a dedicated steemian who has been here since the summer of 2017.
Thanks for reading.
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