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Before I go off to celebrate Midsummer by being in bed sick (Swedish woes), I want to share a small update.

will keep blocking servers which actively promote fascism. This in particular means Gab.

We will get our next release out just in time for the 4th of July.

Don't even try to debate us about Free Speech. This is our speech, exercising views. And we will keep doing it :toot:

We will post a bigger update at a later time about what this all really means.

@Tusky Will this block be limited to fascism or will it include other instances which show unwelcome behaviour on the fediverse?

@Tusky Fascism seems to sometimes be used as a smear term. Can you explain what you mean exactly (linking to a definition is fine if that's what you really mean).

@Tusky that's the spirit! willl check out tusky in a few minutes! 🎆

@Tusky I'm pretty new to fediverse stuff and was gonna try a bunch of clients just to be thorough... But fuck it, I think I found my brand! Keep up the good work Tusky

@Tusky Appreciate this... Everyone needs to find their own way, and we really shouldn't feel that we have the right to demand that developers do one thing or another. The biggest thing I *hate* with development stuff (mostly from a user's perspective) is when the developers decide one update to do something one way, the next a different way, and it just keeps changing.

@Tusky what does this mean wr/t servers like freespeechextremist? will they be blocked too?

@tuxcrafting We'll be publishing a more detailed post about it soon. I'll try to answer this question in that.

@Tusky Feeling pretty good about having dumped Fedilab and come back to Tusky right now!

@Tusky I'm proud of using Tusky, this kind of decision makes a better world for everybody. Thanks!

@Tusky
Even users are able ask admins for it or block users if they want. Freedom ia about having a choice 😉. If someone takes away the ability to make that choice, then you're no longer free 😉.

@maperal @tusky As I see it, this is a political decision. Tusky devs are using their freedom to block a nazi instance. And, as any freedom, it should be respected.

"Freedom is having a choice". Right. But when you are refering to nazis (people determined to finish with all kind of freedom) that's not the point. This is plain and simple self-defense.

@aab
So. When Tusky devs make some decision, they are exercising their freedom that should be respected. When Eugen makes some decision, he's usually dragged through the mud. Am I the only one who sees the inconsistency in the fedizens' approach to things?

Except that in both cases nobody gives a flying f for the freedoms of users. "The door is over there" etc.

Sometimes Mastodon is worse than Twitter, I swear.
@maperal @Tusky

@seventhmagpie @maperal @tusky Hi!
Well, that is my opinion, not the fediverse one. Besides that, as users, we can express our opinions to the devs -we are doing that now, btw-, and try to reach an agreement.

I don't know much about Eugen, as I don't use Mastodon myself. 

What I was trying to express is that blocking gab is more a political decission than a technical one, and I am grateful for it, because I see it as a decision to take care of the fediverse.

Maybe all of this will be more clear when gab finally gets into the fediverse; then, we'll see what kind of "freedom of speech" they are defending: freedom to harrass everyone they feel as inferior and different to them.

@aab
Eugen is a primary developer of Mastodon.

Personally, I believe that any dev can do whatever they please with things they built. We can express our opinions, but in the end they are the ones with the power to make a decision.

However, an app level block strongly reminds me of The Great Chinese Firewall, or RKN vs. Telegram.

Political or not, blocks should be done at the instance/account level. Otherwise, who will guard the guards? Why allow others decide what you are allowed to see?

@Tusky Thank you very much for all your hard work. The world becomes more and more racist with every passing day. It's nice to see someone actively working to fight this.

@Tusky just block yourself. it will solve all your problems:)))

@Tusky if I weren't already using Tusky, I would switch to you for this. <3 Keep that trash off my feed.

@Tusky thank you. Also there is a fork called free tusky that doesn't have a block list.
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