What makes Voice technologically unique?
Voice leverages the open-source EOSIO protocol and the inherent characteristics of blockchain technology: security and auditability. Through Voice, we promote trusted and transparent social interactions, as well as visibility into the way the platform promotes content. Updated on: February 13th, 2020
What are Voice Tokens, and how are they earned?
Voice Tokens are consumable utility tokens that capture the attention of other users; you can spend them on specific content to increase visibility on the platform. Because everyone has the right to be heard, users earn the same amount of Voice Tokens each day. You can earn additional tokens by creating content that other people consume and appreciate. Initially, you can use tokens to purchase space below published content, but Voice Tokens are conceived as the gateway to all forms of promotion and advertising on the platform.
As we approach beta, we’ll post more details on the Voice Blog about Voice Tokens, distribution mechanics, and consumption models. Updated on: February 4th, 2020
How is promotion and advertising different on Voice than on other social media?
Voice Tokens live on a blockchain ledger which enables unprecedented levels of transparency into the databases in which they are stored, including promotion and advertising throughout the platform. By enabling users to see who and how much is behind promoted content, it makes promotion more engaging and less manipulative. This auditable transparency also extends into the distribution and consumption of Voice Tokens that are earned by authors and users, and spent by those seeking promotion. Updated on: February 4th, 2020
What about the social media users who are more passive, and primarily just consume content? Why would they switch over to Voice?
Real users. Real content. Real value. Voice is designed for consumers and creators of content alike. Every user on Voice will have the power to influence which pieces of content garner the most visibility, and to ensure this, all verified users will receive an equal base amount of Voice Tokens each day. We believe everyone’s opinion matters, and the Voice Token is how we ensure that it truly does. Updated on: February 1st, 2020
How do you promote content with Voice Tokens?
Each post on Voice has the opportunity to be “Voiced”. This means a member can use Voice Tokens on the post and control the top comment. This action offers a reward to the content creator and brings more visibility to the post, as well. At that time, the member’s Voice Tokens are spent on the post. If someone else offers more Voice Tokens to take control of the top comment spot on a specified article, the previous bidder loses control of that spot. However, the previous bidder is rewarded with more Voice Tokens than they originally spent. They can then decide if they would like to place a new bid for the spot to regain control. Updated on: February 11th, 2020
What is Voice doing differently from other social platforms that have failed to address fake news, bullying, and manipulation? How is the content going to be moderated?
The large scale attacks and manipulation that takes place on current social media platforms, is due in large part to the inability to be attributed content to end-users, therefore fostering a rampant environment for fake, commercialized, and manipulative content and behavior. Voice users are verified real identities, and designed to dramatically decrease the prevalence of fake accounts and illegitimate content through the ability to attribute everything to a specific person.
Moderation is still a concern and the rules governing its application generally rest beyond the controls of platform operators, and in the hands of regulators and applicable laws. As a company we believe in freedom of speech, and will prioritize that value while operating within the constraints of all laws and regulations.
We’d like to enable decentralized content distribution and moderation in the future, but for phase one, we are primarily focused on delivering core functionality that can be expanded upon in lots of exciting ways. Updated on: February 1st, 2020
Will all users of Voice be required to verify their identity?
For everything other than content consumption, yes. Authenticity is fundamental to bringing alignment to social media, and identity verification will ensure that every account belongs to a real person. Verified identity help to eliminate bots, fake news, and the other negative experiences plaguing existing social platforms caused by mal actors hiding behind anonymity and commercial interests, and enables compliant deeper level engagement with the tokenized economy. We are not oblivious to the hurdles required to achieve this, but know the transformative experience it unlocks is worth it, and are focused on making the process as streamlined and easy as possible. Updated on: February 1st, 2020
What is the Voice Beta program?
Like all new products with big ambitions, Voice will require iteration and trial and error to ensure that alignment centers on the user, security is strong, and people love it. We expect many things about the product and this FAQ to change as we continue to iterate. Beta will open the doors to members of the community to experience Voice for the first time, test its design, and start building your network. Updated on: February 1st, 2020
When will Voice be available?
The Voice team is hard at work aiming to release a public beta for Voice on February 14th, 2020. You can request beta access at Voice.com to stay up to date on the latest developments. While the initial release of Voice Beta will be English only and include a limited feature set, we want to make it available to as many people as possible to begin experiencing the direction, and provide feedback. We encourage you to join us by requesting beta access here, if you have not done so already. Updated on: February 1st, 2020
Where will Voice be hosted?
While Voice is in beta and a highly iterative state, it will be run on a purpose-made EOSIO blockchain. In time, we would like Voice to leverage the EOS Public Blockchain, and potentially others that can meet the performance and governance demands of Voice. Updated on: February 1st, 2020
What countries will Voice be available to at beta launch?
Voice is designed to be a global community welcoming different experiences and cultures, and that’s what we’re building for. As we work toward that goal, Voice Beta will initially launch in English, and in as many countries where it is feasible to do so in the timeframe to launch. As we progress and optimize Voice for local languages, standards, and regulatory landscapes, we aim to continue to increase the accessibility for users in different countries and languages around the world. We will continue to update the community on the timelines and any challenges facing the rollout in our Voice Blog, as it is our intention to quickly extend invitations as far and wide as possible. Updated on: February 1st, 2020
Interested in working on Voice?
If you’re interested in working on Voice, we invite you to apply! For more information and a list of open positions, visit our Careers page. Updated on: February 13th, 2020