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Activists Use Crypto to Protect Anti-Government Song from Thai Government Censorship

Thailand’s anti-government activists are helping an anti-government music video made against Thai tyranny titled ‘Rap against Dictatorship’ to prevent censorship by the government. The highly controversial music video has been a subject of discussion by Thai nationals and has gained mass attention in the country, with a whopping 28 million views on YouTube in less than 22 days of its release.
The video lambasts the Thai government and its military authorities on societal happenings in the country. In its first week alone, the music video gained 17 million views got to the 21st position on YouTube’s trending page. The song is noted for its high, brutish lyrical honesty, attacking any part of the government where it needs to be attacked.

‘Rap against Dictatorship’ Garners Mass Followership

The video, ‘Rap against Dictatorship’ comes for authorities in the Thai Nation, and hits them for their roles in Thai national problems like the mass level of corruption, the brutality of the military, and legal double standards, among several other matters. The option to comment on the video was turned off by the content’s manager, but it has gotten over 925,000 likes on YouTube and just 25,000 dislikes showing that most of the public accepts the lyrics the video conveys. The like to dislike ratio on the video is also higher than is usually garnered on a politically oriented video.

Thai authorities have been disturbed by the potential of the video to gain massive support and give rise to protests across the country and as a result, have swiftly responded with a series of actions aimed at scaring off people trying to create mass movements sparked by the video.  The country’s deputy national police chief, Srivara Ransibrahmanakul has reiterated that the video might not be in line with the country’s laws and the artistes involved in creating and participating in the video have been sent for to appear before the country’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).

The Video’s Placement on the Zcoin Blockchain to Ensure Immutability

An anonymous person, however, has placed the video on the blockchain in order to prevent it from being censored. The video was put on the Zcoin blockchain using an IPFS link embedded in a transaction on the blockchain. Poramin Insom, the founder and lead developer of Zcoin, who is also a Thai national stated;

“We don’t know who added the IPFS link to their transaction, but this link has been secured by the blockchain and cannot be removed or hidden. Furthermore, by using the Zerocoin protocol, the Zcoin blockchain keeps the link is private, and therefore the identities of the uploading parties cannot be known.”

During a recent interview with Poramin to assess what was happening in his country, one of the key questions asked was if the controversial video was finally taken off YouTube by the Thai government, how people in the country would access the video using the Zcoin blockchain? Poramin stated that the technology for the Inter Planetary File Systems (IPFS) is where the actual file is being stored in a distributed way and replicated throughout the IPFS network.
All one would need to do to access the video is to go through a particular link and enter that IPFS link on the blockchain on block 111089. Ultimately, the video will be played this way.

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