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So I'm not sure I get all of the proposed anti-Nazi features planned for Mastodon, but I want to point out some thinking that I've heard from a few researchers now. One of the drivers of radicalization is when certain "facts" or points of view are readily available, while more established truths and arguments are either unsaid or hidden behind paywalls or otherwise partitioned away. 1/?

So, Danah Boyd at datasociety.net notes that if you search for "social justice", you'll get hits for people who criticize social justice first, because they will be the ones specifically using that term as a title, rather than just embedded in the conversation. You hit a similar effect searching for "jew", because just using the term "jew" is actually more prevalent among anti-semite discussions than in other contexts. 2/?

The same thing happens with anti-vax advocates. The case for vaccines is already established in scientific circles -- there's no real incentive to publish a paper saying "Vaccines work! And they're they're not dangerous". But of course, public spaces are full of the opposite arguments, because those people really want to contest that established science. Which means if you go looking for the discourse on vaccine, you're going to get more of one side than another. 3/?

@mala I already don't listen to every post on the network. Are you suggesting that I have to read *everything*?

Technology isn't going to alter human nature that easily.

@mala the point is to de-platform nazis, and that’s been shown to work. The notion that it’s about somehow paywalling “facts” seems like a total mischaracterisation to me.

@ben_hr Right -- this isn't a mull about the strategy of de-platforming, this is mulling over the tactics of stopping them "still [being] able to listen into us" (ie medium.com/@maloki/on-mastodon )

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