December 20, 2021 – London, UK
Last week the story broke of Thea-Mai Baumann, an Australian artist and executive of the Australian Arts Council who worked under the pseudonym “metaverse” for almost a decade and who owned the @metaverse account on Instagram.
On November 2, 2021, with fewer than 1,000 followers under her name, and a week after Facebook announced that it would change its name to Meta, Thea had her Instagram account blocked. When she tried to log in, she was greeted with a shocking message that read:
“Your account has been deactivated for pretending to be someone else.”
She tried to verify her apparent “fake” identity on Instagram NFTwhich she happened to have coined a few days earlier.but in vain. At the time, she had nothing to prove that she really was the original Metaverse artist, save for one
NFT from her first Instagram post
On October 30, 2021, Thea tested a new platform and a new marketplace in the NFT area, which is able to stamp social media posts in NFTs in such a way that all data and values are transferred from Web 2.0 to the web through a special stamping process 3.0 are transferred. Embossing an image from a post is simple, but it’s very different from capturing the value of specific content and storing the provenance data and valuation estimates in a structured model.
Without her knowledge at this point, Clout.art did just that with her account and Instagram post. By validating your Instagram profile, Clout.art has a verified social-to-Wallet– Identity pair created This means that your @metaverse handle would now be in the chain via your public wallet address.
She coined her very first Instagram post in 2012 as an NFT and named it “Metaverse Flamingo”. The process is carried out on-chain in less than a minute with an open and transparent transaction record. She became the owner of the NFT, which was her first post on Instagram. Additionally, she even archived the original post just to keep the Web 3.0 version alive.
The flamingo turned out to be a valuable asset at times when she tried to regain grip through her legal team. As on-chain evidence, it meant that no one could dispute their ownership of the account. It was the central piece of evidence in their struggle to regain their identity.
“We live in a system in which our data or identity can apparently be locked and deleted out of nowhere. If you are an artist and your main source of income depends on your online presence, you cannot afford to lose it for free. You need a way to validate your property rights. “
According to the New York Times article, Theas @metaverse account was restored and returned to her with no further explanation from Meta.
Metaverse Flamingo NFT auction
The original very first @metaverse Instagram Post-NFT will be auctioned on December 21, 2021 from 10 a.m. UTC on Clout.art. The proceeds from the auction will go to Theas Punk Fund to fund and liberate artists by educating them about NFTs and their monetization options.
Don’t miss the live AMA with Thea on December 20, 2021 at 10 a.m. UTC on Twitter Spaces. Join Clout.art’s Discord to get involved.
Jure Z, founder of Clout.art
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Source: Crypto News Deutsch