An example: lots of instance admins acted in unison to identify and ban instances and users who spread child pornography last year. They did this for their own reasons, but as a sum total of action it was largely indistinguishable from a centrally managed action.
I've implied elsewhere that nothing stops dishonest actors from starting Masto instances. The cost of failing is insignificant. There is no penalty for being revealed a fraud.
That's progress and we shouldn't cede the point to folks who want to try and claim Mastodon is uniquely bad in this fashion.
@Elucidating @tinker I would say it essentially is true. Everything you write on Twitter is readable by everyone the corporation allows or directs to read. That is already a lot of people, and you have no choice in the matter.
Mastodon is NOT a private platform either of course. Tooters should have minimal expectation of privacy. However their is a much greater measure of control in who sees your messages, plus it isn't driven by surveillance based marketing.
@Elucidating @tinker this has already happened to a certain degree...remember the attempt by Hiveway to somehow tart up Mastodon with blockchain and raise capital for their "new thing". Also counter.social, though not overtly fascist, caters in some ways to such a crowd with their antisocial federation policy and tone.
The nature of federation brings back the kind of self regulation/containment that existed in pre-internet publishing, where crackpot ideas were recognizable and limited in reach.
@Elucidating @tinker that sort of self - containment works to limit damage in those cases too. An instance's rep can quickly turn bad when it is caught doing evil. It isn't perfect of course but you won't as easily get Cambridge Analyitica type scenarios where things like honeypot "quizzes" can reach tens of millions of people.
There are many more mitigation options in a distributed scenario. I have my own server for a reason. And alts like #pleroma making self hosting more accessible helps.
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