Creating a self-hosted #Mastodon instance for local communities seems to be a fantastic utilization of Mastodon's power.

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@visec Ya know politics and organizing aside, that might be a cool way to recenter communities that have moved to platforms like Facebook around something more privacy friendly. When I was a teenager we had a message board just for local kids that we made just to have a place to hang out. This was back before Myspace, Facebook or Twitter existed. Mastodon might be a cool way to move people back to locally hosted social media, but still be able to interact with others outside.

@gerowen I really hope Mastodon can be one way we take back control of our digital communication from the big social media corps. Way more people are concerned about privacy than I thought; some friends who are non-techies have expressed genuine concerns about Facebook's invasive reach, and frequently joked how Discord or Messenger reads all the messages.

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