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DeSo Disrupts Social Media with Decentralized Messaging

October 19, 2022

Think of the one identification thing a majority of private messaging apps such as WhatsApp and iMessage require you to enter to use them. That’s right, a phone number. As a result, anyone accessing that messaging app’s database can receive full information about who they are messaging and when. It’s not private at all.

In response to that, DeSo, a new blockchain that raised $200 million from Coinbase, Sequoia and Andreessen Horowitz, launched decentralized on-chain end-to-end encrypted group chats.

The DeSo blockchain will bring Bitcoin's pseudonymity and censorship-resistance to messaging with the launch of decentralized, end-to-end encrypted on-chain DMs and group chats. DeSo is a decentralized Layer-1 blockchain, so all messages are censorship-resistant.

Because of that, users of DeSo apps like Diamond, a Web3 app that is the home for creators and their audience to build engaging communities around content, incentives and ownership, can sign up without entering personal information.

"DeSo is the only blockchain that could support something like this today," said Nader Al-Naji, the creator of DeSo. "It costs about $75 to store a 200-character message on Ethereum and about 15 cents to store it on Solana, Avalanche or Polygon. In contrast, DeSo is one ten-thousandth of a cent, making it the first blockchain capable of disrupting storage-heavy applications."

This move by the platform listed on Coinbase earlier this year follows its MetaMask integration in September, which resulted in millions of Ethereum users having one-click access to encrypted on-chain messaging and a full Twitter-like feature set.

The launch of decentralized messaging shows that DeSo is a platform that can disrupt social media and ensure open communication and free speech for all worldwide.

Edited by Erik Linask

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