The default monetization model of the online world is advertisement, a model that relies heavily on surveillance and gameable analytics. V4V offers an alternative.
Platforms and payment providers have the power to censor, a power that V4V removes. By cutting out the middlemen and allowing for self-sovereign hosting and monetization, the Value4Value model puts you and your audience in the center.
Depending on your circumstances, it might be difficult or impossible to receive funds via traditional means. Payment providers and banks are often forced to deplatform content creators for political reasons. Millions of people are unbanked in the first place, be it due to a lack of infrastructure or due to a lack of identity.
Luckily, bitcoin fixes this. It banks the unbanked and provides censorship resistance to those who need it most. Free speech and free value transfer are at the core of the V4V movement, which is why bitcoin is such an important piece to the puzzle.
Nobody likes to bite the hand that feeds them. This, unfortunately, leads to a chilling effect when it comes to discussing certain topics, depending on your source of income. You wouldn’t bad-mouth an advertiser of yours, would you? Well, most people would not, which is why advertisement, in the end, often leads to censorship.
An increasing number of people is getting deplatformed from all kinds of services. Whether you are booted off YouTube, banned from Twitter, kicked from PayPal, or removed from the SWIFT network, the result is always the same: someone in power doesn’t want you to do a certain thing, which is why your access to said thing is being denied.
Value4Value is an idea that builds upon protocols, not platforms. It is an idea that connects people directly, in ways that can’t be shut down, can’t be censored, can’t be stopped. Open protocols and open standards allow for a flourishing ecosystem of competing service providers, in addition to giving you the option to do everything yourself.
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These platforms help you to distribute your content but charge hefty fees:
These platforms help you to create followers that send you payments regularly.
These services do not help you in distributing your content. On top many users globally cannot even access these options:
Stripe (international): 3.9% + 0.30 USD per transaction goes to Stripe paid by the receiver