Posted by Alexander Hanff on April 28, 2015.
Last week I wrote a piece about a new project called Commeta which is a global comment system allowing Internet users to comment on any content online without the fear of being censored. The Kickstarter campaign seems to have hit a wall – which is odd given how many people have claimed to support the idea and with the Kickstarter target being so low at just $5000 CAD. So I had a chat with my friend who is behind the project and what he told me was really quite concerning.
It turns out that a number of media/press people were initially very keen to cover the project until they realised what it actually does. You see, press and media collect data on readers based on the articles they read and comment on – they then sell this data to third parties who use it for behavioural targeting; this is exactly the point I raised in my article last week. However, it seems those members of the press/media who were originally enthusiastic about covering Commeta’s Kickstarter campaign have since realised that it poses a direct risk to their business model (as above) and as such are now backing away. So much for the objectivity of the press eh?
Well, we don’t profile our users based on what they read or comment on on our site (we don’t profile our users at all) and we don’t sell any data to third parties so we are happy to cover the project and strongly encourage people to take a look at the Kickstarter campaign https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ commeta/commeta-comment-anywhere-everywhere
Of course it is entirely up to you whether or not you decide to back the project but one thing is for sure – the media blackout on the project is a shining illustration of exactly WHY the Internet needs a privacy focused comment system.