Some folks on birdsite are tagging our project account in tweets like "hey jack twitter should copy this thing mastodon does". The idea that this is merely about features is short-sighted. Twitter will never, ever, ever be your friend. They are the shareholders' friend, not yours. No feature will let you see what their engineers are working on, what's under the hood. No feature will fix their headquarters in the US following and enforcing US laws and customs worldwide.
@Gargron It also won't fix them being complicit in an aggressive disinformation campaign by a hostile foreign power to destabilize civic discourse and influence an election. Or the fact that they tried to encourage it by selling ad buys to said foreign hostile power.
Can't really say that about instances in the Fediverse, regardless of ideology.
You can try to "feature" your way around social problems but they will always find a way.
It is far easier to provide features which allows better policing to reduce those problems.
@Gargron That’s exactly right, sir. Your own efforts are appreciated for exactly their very opposition to the problems you outline, and despite some detractors, I think Mastodon is poised to have stronger loyalty of its user base then Twitter does, simply because of a streamlined set of principles. Twitter has no firm principles. Julian Assange was looking for an alternative, because Twitter is too subservient to Western capitalist interests. I hope he finds Mastodon someday :)