Adrian Barwicki, the creator of the Panda Suite software development kit for Bitcoin Cash (BCH), revealed on Nov. 18 that he has been working on a “Medium-like” social media platform built around the BCH network. On Nov. 22, Barwicki announced the activation of his project, Honest Cash, which allows 100 accounts the ability to experiment with the beta platform.
BCH Platform Honest Cash Aims to Fill a Void
In October, news.Bitcoin.com reported on Barwicki winning the first BCH Devcon grand prize in Amsterdam with the Panda Suite SDK. Now Barwicki is deep in the midst of creating a social media project that is similar to popular blogging platform Medium. The Honest Cash platform allows users to create a profile and then post written content. The application also gives users the ability to earn bitcoin cash if people appreciate the shared content and tip the user/writer. The Honest Cash Manifesto states that the application will be uncensorable, community-driven, privacy-centric and always open source. After the blockchain split on Nov. 15, a few BCH blogging platforms like Matter and Yours.org decided to follow the BSV roadmap. This inspired Barwicki and his teammates to build the Honest Cash project specifically for the BCH community.
After gaining access to the early activation period of Honest Cash, news.Bitcoin.com took a tour of the platform before the developers allow the general public the ability to join. The user interface is fairly simple and gives each user a profile, which can be tethered to a public BCH address for tips. A few people, including the developers, have been adding test posts and there’s also a frequently asked questions (FAQ) section for people who need help getting started. The platform’s profile section shows a username and a place where users can add a public bitcoin cash address. If you have posted anything on the Honest Cash platform, these posts will show up on your profile feed as well.
Anti-Censorship and Pro Peer-to-Peer Cash
Next to the profile section, there is a little pencil icon that allows users to post content on the site. This particular section allows you to write a title and the body of any type of written post you desire. For testing purposes, news.Bitcoin.com uploaded a paragraph from Eric Hughes’ timeless piece, “A Cypherpunk’s Manifesto.”
The application allows for various types of formatting techniques like adding boldface letters and headers to the written content. Honest Cash writers can simply highlight any of the words and a format menu window appears. Users can also add links inside posts and add tags to the content as well. At the moment the platform does not allow pictures, but Barwicki has informed news.Bitcoin.com that this particular feature will be added in the future.
Barwicki also explained why he decided to build the Honest Cash social media application:
“We had seen during the hard fork that content was censored by other platforms that did not align with their agenda — The content was removed and people were banned,” Barwicki emphasized. “This led us to start Honest Cash and our goal is to create a permissionless platform for authors to share their viewpoints without the risk of being censored.”
The Honest Cash team has also been listening to feedback and observing the first activation period for any issues. The project’s developers believe peer-to-peer cash payments are the missing link in the world of social media and users should be able to earn money directly from the people who support them.
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