This wired article ( wired.com/story/join-mastodon- ) about Mastodon is mostly good. It covers the basic features and talks about a shift from Twitter to Mastodon.

It confuses one key issue though, and that’s the “culture” of Mastodon.

What we’re seeing now across the Fediverse are the first adopters. The fringe. The queer. The hackers. The staunch individualists. The communal care takers.

As Mastodon becomes more mainstream, the “culture” will shift.

If you’re here for the culture, be wary... 1/2

Mastodon at it’s heart is a software application wrapped around a federated protocol.

Anyone can use it. Spin up an instance by thenselves or join one they like. It can federate with any other software application using ActivityPub. It is decentralized. HIGHLY resistant to censorship.

And this last part is key.

This platform is IDEAL to users that espouse unpopular viewpoints: fascism, hate, calls for violence, illegal content, etc. 2?/2...

While the culture is of first adopters and is open and affirming right now. Nazi’s and Fascists and $BAD_ACTOR’s will move in once they realize they can’t be censored or kicked off their own instance.

Those who left twitter because Jack didn’t ban folks there are going to be sorely disappointed when they realize that (while folks can be banned from one instance) they can’t be banned from their own instance. 3/2

@tinker that’s true, but we have had discussions about that eventuality. Basically, the only recourse will be instances blocking other instances that exhibit bad behavior. I am not sure what we’ll see first: Nazi-haven instances or spammer-haven instances. Both will have to be addressed the same way. Ultimately, the fediverse is going to have to (like it or not) develop a reputation system for instances (which are optional to use) to make moderation tolerable.

@jerry @tinker

In terms of condoning, enabling, and promoting alleged human trafficking, slavery, rape, misogyny, and sexual abuse, not to mention unethical activities of other kinds, mastodon.social has already faced this issue of a rogue instance, switter dot at.

The admins have utterly failed in their responsibilities in this regard, & even to acknowledge that there is a problem in federating with switter.

@Gargron @CM_chrismartin @CM_noelle @Yukari @vaporbobble @CM_jusdepatate @cm_kropot

@hhardy01 @tinker @Gargron @CM_chrismartin @CM_noelle @Yukari @vaporbobble@mastodon.social @CM_jusdepatate swifter.at is an odd case. I’ve observed many people here rallying around that community after the FOSTA law went into effect and they were kicked off of the mainstream social platforms.

@jerry @tinker @Gargron @CM_chrismartin @CM_noelle @Yukari @vaporbobble @CM_jusdepatate

How does switter vet their accounts and account holders to insure safety and public health?

How does swittter exclude and prevent the site from being used for human trafficking, child rape, forced prostitution and opiate abuse, slavery etc?

If switter does anything to protect the sex workers and exclude people from being marketed there under terms of coercion and abuse please inform me about it.

@hhardy01

As our conversation has diverted from the original topic, I’m removing some of the participants.

These are all great questions. I’d recommend reaching out to the folks at assemblyfour.com/ who maintain switter.

A lot of your questions are answered in their faq. You might also look through their rules and code of conduct: assemblyfour.com/switter/rules

@jerry @Gargron

@tinker @jerry @Gargron

Do you realize you just removed all of the mastodon.social admins from the thread except one? Is that your intent?

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@hhardy01 @jerry @Gargron - No, it wasn’t. I kept my own admin here, as well as Gargron. Should probably remove Gargron as well as I’m sure he gets spammed too much! :P

You’re welcome to include anyone back in and point them to my toot.

@tinker @jerry @Gargron

"And this last part is key.

This platform is IDEAL to users that espouse unpopular viewpoints: fascism, hate, calls for violence, illegal content, etc. "

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