The platform believes that implementing a requirement for users to verify their humanity and maintain only one account could be a solution. To achieve this, the on-chain messaging app, similar to Discord and Slack, intends to experiment with facial recognition technology.

OpenChat Facial Recognition Insights

  • Modclub has joined forces with OpenChat to assist in content moderation.
  • The chat application will not require facial submission to be mandatory.
OpenChat app tests use of facial recognition.

OpenChat co-founder Matt Grogan emphasized the distinction between proving one's humanity and proving their unique humanity. While it may be relatively simple to provide evidence of being human, demonstrating one's individuality poses a greater challenge. Grogan acknowledged his ability to successfully pass various tests verifying humanity, but he highlighted the futility of such tests as they can be easily manipulated to create multiple accounts.

He emphasized the significance of establishing proof of unique humanity within the realm of online platforms. By preventing individuals from operating multiple accounts, the potential for certain users to exploit token farming or airdrops through the use of multiple accounts would be significantly reduced. This development holds immense importance for the industry, as it aims to ensure a fair and equitable online environment.

OpenChat, a platform with a user base of over 100,000, recently formed a partnership with Modclub, a decentralized content moderation platform. In addition to running on Internet Computer, OpenChat will also be conducting a trial of facial recognition technology. This trial is part of their efforts to establish a "proof of unique humanity" system, according to Grogan.

Grogan mentioned that they will be testing facial recognition and evaluating its performance. While it may not be flawless, it is expected to reduce the ease of creating multiple identities on the platform. However, Grogan clarified that OpenChat has not yet finalized all the details of the trial.

They do not currently require all users to verify their humanity or limit them to a single account. Nevertheless, Grogan suggested that in the future, proving unique humanity through facial recognition could be a factor in determining eligibility for future airdrops.

Additionally, users may choose to utilize facial recognition to enhance their reputation within the platform. Unlike traditional social media platforms that rely on email IDs and unique usernames, OpenChat has been using crypto addresses and NFTs for authentication and monetization purposes.

Will this remove toxic accounts from social media?

The issue of users anonymously using multiple accounts and bots has long been a concern, as it not only contributes to illicit behavior online but also fuels toxic discourse on social networking platforms like Facebook and X (formerly Twitter). To address this problem, Modclub has partnered with OpenChat to prevent similar behavior on their platform.

OpenChat users now have the ability to report content that violates the rules established by the OpenChat DAO. These reports will be carefully reviewed by Modclub's pool of moderators, who will make decisions on whether to remove or allow the content based on the results.

Previously, the responsibility of moderating discourse within OpenChat fell on the leaders of specific groups and communities. These leaders were guided by OpenChat's high-level platform rules. However, with this new partnership, OpenChat will be transferring this responsibility to Modclub, which incentivizes its moderators by paying them in cryptocurrency.

In addition to promoting virtuous discourse through a reputation system, OpenChat also rewards users with tokens to encourage growth and engagement.