F-Droid: Public Statement on Neutrality of Free Software
"F-Droid won’t tolerate oppression or harassment against marginalized groups. Because of this, it won’t package nor distribute apps that promote any of these things. This includes that it won’t distribute an app that promotes the usage of previously mentioned website, by either its branding, its pre-filled instance domain or any other direct promotion."
Pretty clear to me! 👍
@bortzmeyer @kuketzblog concrete things here are pretty simple: while free speech is important, it is not an acceptable defense when we're dealing with a group that harasses, attacks, or explicitly calls for other groups to be hurt.
What we're talking about here is the Paradox of Tolerance:
F-Droid, Tusky, and a majority of the Fediverse are taking a stance here. A stance against intolerance.
To my understanding of the statement on F-droid, it's not against Fedilab, or for Tusky. They support both decisions on each project.
It's to prevent for Gab to release its own app (or a fork) on F-droid, branded to their social network and advertising it, with its known and mainly acknowledged problematics.
It didn't clearly mention "Gab", but it's aimed at it, or any other similar websites :
> a website joined the fediverse only half a month ago that is well known to be a “free speech zone” [...] While in theory this might seem to be a good concept, it has serious consequences: things like racism, sexism, verbal abuse, [...] become popular on such instances.
After, they talk about Tusky and Fedilab, just stating their choices.
Then, they come to say they can't stay neutral (regarding these websites). They didn't say nor mean that Fedilab neutrality is bad, but I agree, the flow can result in that impression.
> it won’t package nor distribute apps [...] that promotes the usage of previously mentioned website, by either its branding, its pre-filled instance domain or any other direct promotion.
To me, it's clear that it targets apps that promote this kind of website (Gab and alike). Either their own, or a fork one, they rebranded, or configured to have direct access to this kind of instances, and so on.
They don't want that on F-droid.
In the end:
> We respect Tusky’s decision to block mentioned website; [...]. We also respect Fedilab’s decision not to hardcode a login block; [...]
They also stand for their position in favor of Fedilab.
@panina some wanted to blame Fedilab for not blocking Gab, others wanted to have an AntiFeature slabbed on Tusky for blocking Gab (arguing that would make it NonFree), a few just wanted to shitstorm. Finally the decision was: It's fine that Tusky and Fedilab are as they are – but we won't accept an app openly promoting harassment, violence etc. (e.g. by branding it offensively, like a Gab fork of Tusky with the Gab logo etc, as the blog article lined out).
@IzzyOnDroid yeah, that's how I understood the statement.
Side note: glad to see you here! I really love your repo, excellent place to find new and cutting-edge apps!
@panina Thanks – and glad you like it! Always nice to get such warm words as feedback, so one knows all the efforts made on it are valued 😃 (besides, I'm also one of the maintainers in the official repo, so I experienced some of that topic live. I had wished those discussions where that up to the point: counting words, my summary is probably about 0.01‰ of one of the threads 😱)
@panina Oh, and then there are those who for that reason forbid us adding their app to F-Droid because they want full freedom. Get the irony?
@IzzyOnDroid I'd say it's quite important for f-droid to find their(/your) own view on things. Once that's clear, the ones who shun you will seem less important.
And, no matter what the standpoint, there'll always be someone shunning you.
Feels to me like there's a lot of politics seeping into FOSS nowadays. It was always political, but it was always the same issues. Restricted to the world of code.
Hard to navigate, when actual Nazis shows up and takes advantage of what has been the cornerstones of FOSS politics...
@panina If nobody shuns you, you're not doing much. As soon as you engage, there will be people opposing what you do – no matter what it is. You can't do it right for everyone.
Or, to take your words: if nobody shuns you, you have no standpoint. So who are you, then?
It's not a nice-welcome thing, being shunned. But it also means you're doing something and make your point. Though admittedly it doesn't necessarily mean you're doing something *right* 😆 (I hope we do)
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