"There is precedent for open source communities to push back against those who seek to use their tools to promote hate speech. One such case is Mastodon, an open source social media community which has waged a long-running war of attrition against an influx of far-right users from Gab – a war which, as of December 2020, they appear to have won."
Important research out from ISD looking at how hate groups & extremists use open-source platforms - including #WordPress and #WooCommerce. It does a great job of showing some ways to address - while still respecting the open-source ethos.
While it focuses on them, #Mastodon is given a shout-out, one model that the other platforms should look to in this...
I stay away from it for the same reason I stay away from alogrithmic feeds on FB or Twitter or YT....I want something less noisy and cluttered.
Am NOT suggesting anything like an algorithm, but maybe ways to change settings on Federated feeds to suss thru them more? Even user-configured anguage filter, or keyword filters, might help.
Question to everyone: I have been very impressed with the voluntary #Mastodon' server covenant.
Has any other server-based self-hosted open-source platforms done something akin to this?
I'm familiar with other attempts at contributor covenants, but not other server based ones... But hope there are others out there....
So many of these features are already in #Mastodon btw, like bookmarks.
Others seem like an easy lift for future versions... Editing toots is almost already akin to the Undo Tweets feature... #Mastodev
Lots of tweaks, fixes, and additions in #Mastodon RC 3.4: https://github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/releases/tag/v3.4.0rc1
The more I think about #mastodon features that would be strategic, the more I think folks should build in features and tools for hyper-local communities to use. Lean in on "instances" intended specifically for networks of a dozen (or at least under 100) friends and family. In essence a replacement for "FB groups."
The #Fediverse certainly do more, but that seems like a strategic opportunity. In essence what Darius Kazemi has been thinking about for a while.
This would be a good feature to add to #Mastodon:
"Now you can decide who can respond to your posts. Your choices of who can reply:
Only people you follow.#
Only people you mention in the tweet.
And since you can mention no one, you can make it so that no one can respond to a post.
For instance if I wanted to be sure to see all the public posts from an instance like this. It's almost a customized "Federated" view:
Technologist, writer, admin of indieweb.social. Fascinated by how new politics impacts technology and vice versa.
INDIEWEB.SOCIAL is an instance focused on the #Openeb, #Indieweb, #Fediverse, #Mastodon #Selfsovereign #identity (#SSI), #Humanetech and #Calm technologies evolution.