I have made some changes to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. You can read about these, here:

Any issues or questions please let me know.

@mastohost Hello, I'd like to cancel services at the end of my current payment cycle. Thank you.

@mastohost Thanks, I received it. Have fun being the thought police.


Hey you can't say that, that's misinformation. Shame on you.

@mastohost Thank you! Seems like decent restrictions.

Question: is this going to be retroactive? Such as, when you're already hosting an instance, will you be checking them to see if they're bad instances?

Or will you be asking instances before they sign up what their purpose will be?

@mdm I don't do content moderation unless something obvious jumps at me or someone reports an instance to me.

I will check reports or something I notice and if it becomes obvious that the instance is "mainly used for the following activities" (as mentioned in the Terms of Service) then I will contact the admin and ask them to migrate to another platform.

@mastohost Nicely done. Good changes. Thank you for everything you are doing.

@mastohost The one-person-company status reminds me that I remember reading somewhere on that you were considering some kind of data takeout system accessible to your customers... Do you plan to/have some "Bus factor"* mitigation measure in place?

@ondra Yes, to both. I am working on a direct download for admins to have access to their instance data backup without my intervention and there are also instructions with my family about what to do (not only for but also for my main business that I also run alone) in case something happens to me.

@mastohost I would change this to “by using the service”. As your customer, I’m not hiring you personally through a separate contract. I’m paying for the service you/WAP provide. IANAL but I know a bit about contract work :)

@jwildeboer Thanks, I will look over the suggest change with the GDPR specialist that did the Privacy Policy with me but I do think it makes all the sense and will end up changing it.

@mastohost You do a lot of wonderful work for me by managing my instance, so when I can help in return, it’s obvious to do so :)

Good to see you taking a stand against fake news, conspiracy myths and other bullshit. There is already far to much of this stuff out there.

@mastohost How decide what is a falsehood, alternative facts, anecdotal evidence and who decide if something is a disinformation, misinformation, sensationalism, truthiness, propaganda, rumours, hoaxes, urban myths, pseudoscience, post-truth and opinion pieces or interviews that convey any of the previous ?

If I say I believe in God and that god exist you could say that god does not exist as there is no evidence of gods existence? So will that be a reason for you to terminate the server?

@Asux The Terms of Service mention Mastodon servers that are "mainly used for the following activities". The goal is not to identify a single piece of content but a pattern of usage.

The example you give is pretty straight forward. There is no proof that God doesn't exist so I see nothing wrong in an instance that spreads the message that God exists as long as it doesn't continuously harass people with different beliefs.

@Asux Now if a group is created to say that COVID-19 doesn't exist, then I will block that instance because there are scientific evidence that it exists.

If a single user from an instance I host says that COVID-19 doesn't exist, and someone reports that to me, I leave that to the administrator of that instance and do nothing about it. If the majority of the users of that instance focus their topics around spreading that message, then I will.

@Asux The reason why I had to create such a vast array of details is to avoid loopholes as much as possible. There are so many ways how people try to manipulate and deny what they are obviously doing that I need to have a wider net.

Hope this makes sense but if you have any questions please let me know.

@mastohost Ok, then I understand. I do agree that if people are harassing or only come with personal attacks etc that it should not be accepted, but there must be room for discussion.
I think I understand your policy a bit better and I hope that no one will accept people harassing anyone. But then again there should always be room for interpretation.

@mastohost My standard is the Norwegian laws of freedom of speech, and I do not think that should get me in trouble. I believe in freedom but I also think that harassing some one does not fall under the protection of freedom of speech.

So, saying that I do not think Covid-19 is real or that I do not think there exist more than two genders would not in my opinion be a “crime”.

On the other hand saying harassing a person for thinking there are more than two genders would be a “crime” as you then go to a personal “attack” on an individual. Saying a group of people are stupid I would not judge as a “crime” as no single person is being “attacked”.

@mastohost I do not think any group of people should have special protections but that harassment in general should not be accepted. So here I think there should not be any “special treatment for any one group of people, animals or fish”.

But again there must be space for comedy and joking around.

@mastohost If Mastodon or any other social media platforms are being so political correct that you can not use your freedom of speech like you could do out in “real life” that what is the point of being on Mastodon in stead of Facebook, Twitter and so on?

@Asux I don't control Mastodon, in fact nobody really does. The network is open and the software is free. There are other services and people are free to choose the service best fits their needs. I do not block servers, even on extreme situations like Gab, I never implemented any block. What I can and will do is reject offering my hosting service, if I feel that is not a community that I want to host.

If a group of "flat earthers" want to start a Mastodon server, I don't want to host it.

@Asux In theory if they stay on their corner, they are not harming anyone directly. And I am not blocking their free speech, any instance hosted with me can follow and interact with them but I just don't feel it's something that I want to know I have some part in bringing that message into the world.

@mastohost I see, and your in your right to say no to them, but think of all the fun you miss out on 😄 What if some one want to have a Discworld server (Terry Pratchett’s Discworld) that’s some kind of flat earth on the back of a turtle 🙂

@Asux Just did a search for "Terry Pratchett’s Discworld" don't know it :) but that looks like fun and would be glad to host such a community 😂

@Asux Thanks, I will listen to it later before I fall asleep, audio books are a good way for me to wind down.

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