Yeah I'm not sure about that takeaway, Vice. The biggest node on the Mastodon network is actually my ass
@Mainebot They reached out for a general comment, and they're quoting our response in the article, but they never asked us to assess whether Gab is actually the biggest node, or how meaningful it is vs. active user numbers
The users of the software does not equal the software itself or its creators.
People of the fediverse, hear my simple appeal to logic. Lots of bad actors use Apache and NGINX, two very popular web service packages. Does that mean its developers are nazis, and anyone who uses these web daemons are nazi supporters?
Bad actors are always going to use good software.
@Gargron tbh, just leave it. Hardly anyone cares about what Vice says nowadays. The company is going down anyway.
@Gargron Maybe we should strongly discourage running services that encouraging comparing Mastodon instances on the basis of size? After all, I think most folks come here looking for community, and a big instance is not going to provide that.
Maybe even remove the API from Masto that allows getting user count.
@Gargron Next time they ask you for comment, just take a deep breath and be like:
"Hey. Can we get real here? You work for VICE. Are you okay, honey????"
@Gargron The writer of the article is Ben Makuch, a national security reporter and the host of Cyberwar. The "Nazi vs Twitter" paradigm is either dying down or people are desensitized and they're just trying to rekindle old controversy because it's cheaper to do than actual [new]s reporting. Vice has investors from FOX and other large networks. Networks like Vice also utilize Twitter and Reddit to promote and if people are leaving Twitter or Mastodon, that's a big $$$ problem for them.
@Gargron it's almost as if vice is a bullshit outlet for news that's full of really bad takes and misinformation for the sake of riling people up
@Gargron I wonder why /api/v1/instance/peers and /api/v1/instance/activity are blank... It can't be because they don't want someone to see that all the numbers are fake, can it?
@Gargron I really want to see "The biggest node on the Mastodon network is actually my ass" quoted on, like, Gizmodo and Ars Technica. Can we make this happen?
@Gargron I'm gonna get in with the memes while the getting's still good:
* The biggest node on Mastodon is the friends we made along the way
* jiggest node (jean biggest node)
* viral: biggest node on Mastodon / spiral: biggest oat on Mastodon
@Gargron Accepting the word of Nazis about their membership numbers is like accepting the word of Trump about his inauguration crowd.
Actually, those two things are so much alike, I'm not sure that counts as a simile instead of just a tautology.
@Gargron Vice has been a pro-establishment trash pile for quite a time now, this feels totally a deliberate strategy to discredit ''alternatives'' and to pile in ''the left'' together with the right.
@Gargron media stream journalism is fucking dead to me, I moved to Mastodon from twitter because people of the alt-right managed to have twitter permanently banned me, Mastodon is one of the most welcoming and the most anti-far right platform I have ever been on, so stfu Vice
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