@calvin_thefreak Hello, that is really strange but your instance is the only reporting something like that, so I assume there is something on your end. I only see attempts to follow @nitro on my servers logs. Can you please let me know what is your real server IP and do an attempt to follow my personal account @hugo so I can try and help you debug this?

@maique All good 🤗 I just read it and somehow I made it serious in my head, being robed with a baby on your lap must be really scary. That was the image, still hope the 'silly bastard' didn't wake up the tinyMovieStar :)

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

@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 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.

@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 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.

@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 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.

@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.

@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 Masto.host but also for my main business that I also run alone) in case something happens to me.

@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.

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

Any issues or questions please let me know.

@FrostedSiren To control costs the best way is to close registrations and use invites or to approve registrations to keep the numbers of users at a value you can afford. Probably late now but that is a good way to not have "surprises"

@FrostedSiren I understand, I'm sorry but if you want to run an instance with those numbers of active users it can get pricey :|

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