DLive, the decentralized streaming platform that Justin Sun bought in December 2019 and migrated to Tron, was used by several far-right extremists to live stream their uprising in the US Capitol on January 6.
The extremists were also able to raise donations during the broadcast and the platform has been accused of allowing extremists to raise “hundreds of thousands” of dollars, mainly in cryptocurrencies, since it was founded.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center Hatewatch blog, at least five DLive accounts live streamed Wednesday’s shocking protest, “Murder the Media”, “Loulz”, “Woozuh”, “Gloomtube” and “Baked Alaska”. However, the organization could only confirm that DLive user “Baked Alaska” had actually violated the Capitol.
On January 6, Gionet admitted herself to the Capitol, including live from the office of Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the United States House of Representatives. Anchorage Daily News estimated that more than 16,000 viewers tuned in to the stream. Gionet received viewer donations during the criminal protest totaling $ 222, combined from more than 200 individual donations.
DLive obtains 25% of all donations made on the platform, one fifth of which is redistributed to other DLive users. Hatewatch noted:
“DLive has paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars to extremists since its inception, largely through donating cryptocurrency built into a service provided by the site.”
In November the blog reported that white nationalist Nick Fuentes, who also played a prominent role in the “Stop the Steal” protests that led to the Capitol’s breakthrough, “had generated money through DLive at a rate equivalent to a six-month salary. Numbers.”
DLive responded to the events on Jan. 7, tweet that it “does not condone illegal activity or violence” and encourage users to report channels that violate community guidelines. Cointelegraph contacted DLive but received no comment from the press at the time.
DLive wasn’t the only streaming platform used by protesters, with several streams of the Capitol attack airing on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. The mainstream social platforms have attempted to take down content that violates their terms of service, with a Facebook spokesperson citing:
“Today’s violent protests in the Capitol are a shame. We prohibit incitement and incitement to violence on our platform. We are actively reviewing and removing any content that violates these rules. “
A video published by President Trump describing the insurgents as ‘special’ sparked further action on the major social media platforms, with Facebook is blocking Trump’s account until at least the end of his term, and Twitter will block the president’s account for 24 hours. In response, decentralized social media platform Gab said it had “ freedom of speech, ” contacted Trump’s team, and reserved an account for him.
In December, Justin Sun announced DLive will soon be undergoing an overhaul that will integrate it with BitTorrent.