Not sure if my point is clear on this thread, but I´m not defending hateful content nor am I saying manipulative information shouldn´t be scrutinized. My point is, we have been chasing a respectful and free internet while criticizing people who don´t fall on either side of the political spectrum. This polarization only benefits the powerful, unfortunately.
While many of you are fighting each other because a specific tool should be decentralized or because some other service is using something from Google, senior citizens just wanna see photos of their grandkids, teenagers just wanna be part of their social circles and adults just want something that works, plain and simple.
How are you helping these kinds of people break away from GAFAM? How can these people (and small businesses) rely on a community that fight each other?
I've always questioned why admins of public instances should block far-right instances. I mean, aren't freedom of speech and "own your data" the whole points of decentralization?
If said "speech" instigate hate, chaos or promote disinformation, you can use your influence to let people know and maybe block it just for you. However, I think people can decide by themselves what they wanna see in their local and global timelines.
Where are all the people who talk about sports? Or politics? Or discuss books they read recently?
Where are all the people who discuss practical ways of helping friends and family with barely any IT skill migrate away from GAFAM instead of shoving down theoretical approaches from Saint IGNUcius?
I think one of the things that bothered me the most was a developer saying that he'd stop his support to certain tool because the community was "stupid". He literally said that!
I've seen people being kicked out of chat groups for using the word "Linux" as a reference to the OS with the #Linux kernel. Apparently this is capital sin, you should use either #GNU or GNU/Linux. Am I the only one who think this is a bit too much?
I've also seen people engaging in strong criticisms because some organizations should have a more active presence in decentralized services. I agree with the premise, but did we stop to help them reach more people while breaking free from GAFAM?
I believe that most of the people that migrated from #Twitter, did so because twitter was becoming quite an extremist toxic environment. There's also the whole centralization and censoring issues with platforma like that.
I have witnessed people criticizing (not debating) each other here in #Mastodon for a flexible opinion on private companies and capitalism as a whole. This sounds like extremism to me from the other side of the spectrum.
If you're a developer, there are lots of #Fediverse platforms which you can help out on:
BookWyrm (Goodreads alternative)
Funkwhale (Music, Podcasts and Audio)
Lemmy (Reddit alternative)
Mastodon (Twitter alternative)
PeerTube (YouTube alternative)
PixelFed (Instagram alternative)
Write Freely (Medium alternative)
Did you know this:
#Briar's E2EE is similar to #Signal's, but adapted to be delay tolerant and work without central server. It uses the Bramble Transport Protocol:
Briar's founder contributed to the original Axolotl Double Ratchet Algorithm:
Google has suspended Element (@matrix) from the Play Store for "Sexual Content and Profanity". Basically same story as with Subway Tooter a while back. Element is to Matrix as Chrome is to the web. Curiously, Chrome is still on the Play Store.
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