1.Could you briefly tell Chinese users what DTube is and give us an introduction of your team?
DTube is a decentralized video sharing platform designed to be controlled entirely by its users. Our mission is to create a new paradigm where users will be able to trust in their social media platforms. For that purpose we developed a social video platform with a decentralized infrastructure, using IPFS for the storage and distribution of video uploads and took the STEEM social blockchain to financially incentivize video creators for their posts and content curators for their curation work. DTube was initially developed by Adrien, a passionate developer and Gregoire co-founded the venture on the business side.
2.What was the reason to found DTbue and how do you distinguish from other video websites?
We created DTube as the first decentralized video sharing platform with a blockchain based reward system. First idea was to prove that online video streaming was now possible in a decentralized way and after the rising success of the product, we decided to push things forward.
3.What do you think how the IPFS technology will change the future internet/world? Do you have any suggestions for those who might be interested in developing with IPFS?
As a supplier of a lot of data to the IPFS network through our platform uploads, we can say that IPFS is the current most established protocol to build Dapps. There are more and more projects coming to the network and more nodes created. We will soon launch a desktop app for DTube so as all our creators will be able to run themselves an IPFS node, this will be very exciting to see how it'll grow from then!
4.What kind of obstacles you had with DTube and how did you pass them?
As with every new venture, we encountered a throng of technical, financial and strategic issues and there are many more upcoming. The difference with decentralized projects though is the relative novelty of the field which makes it very hard to find appropriate regulations and law experts.I think the best advice we can give to entrepreneurs is that no matter what, you need to remain in the game to win.
5.As a decentralized project, do you check the content of the video published on DTube and how do you identify and control illegal videos?
We do not censor or control any content on the website, this is the point of decentralization which aims at re-establishing a true freedom of speech. However, we created a few rules so as to keep always on the right side of the law:
- Almost all the curation and moderation work is made by the community of users. Users upvote and downvote content which rank it in the different sections. Community rules are implicit: content needs to be original and non violent or any other kind of unauthorized stuff (terrorism or violence, racism).
- All content rated 18+ needs to be tagged "NSFW". All non-tagged content is organically rejected by the community through massive downvotes (which hides content from the site). NSFW content is still viewable, but one has to create an account and allow to show that type of content in his settings page
- We have a curation team that checks the uploaded content just so we can react if something really bad happens
- We comply with DMCA requests by blocking the URL of the infringed content
6.Could you share with us about the development plans for DTube in the near and further future?
We did a very important update with a bunch of new features in early august: we now have a fully decentralized messaging system that runs on "GUN db" and we launched a Livestream feature for gamers. This last one is currently centralized but we're working on making it decentralized. You can find our development roadmap on github.com/dtube. Feel free to participate!
7.How a new user can participate in DTube and what if he/she wants to find more about DTube?
Come on https://d.tube, create an account, chose your role (creator or curator) and start playing the decentralized video game! you can find more info in english on https://d.tube/about