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What do you, the users of mastodon.radio think?
Should we block commercial, for profit, instances? (hopefully promoting the smaller, self funded / community run instances, and avoiding a drift towards large centralised instances)
Or should we be open to anyone, regardless of the way the instance they use in funded?
Your thoughts are very welcome!
Full details of mastodon.radio's funding:
@M0YNG I think it might make sense to only block commercial users from your instance. Nobody needs to follow them on other instances. :)
@M0YNG I think this is about instances, not users. If Facebook sets up a Mastodon instance, should it federate?
@M0YNG I don’t think the source of funding should be grounds for blocking. Although, an instance selling ads or something might be a good line to draw. Individual bad users can be blocked, and if an instance is known to harbor nazis, paedos, etc, then that would also be a good reason to block the entire instance. Eg: if 4chan or 8chan setup a mastodon instance, I’d have no problem defederating them on ideological grounds.
@kr4dio ah, so it was you! Thanks very much!
Yes, all the costs are currently covered, but I will keep your donation ready for when I need to renew the domain etc. in a few months.
A lot of other instances have defederated with them for that reason, because most instances around here prohibit such content either because it's illegal (racist content is illegal in the UK and Europe) or because it's just in poor taste.
Some of the right-wing stuff broadcast over there would very quickly get you a big Ofcom fine here, and possibly come under hate speech legislation. It's downright offensive. They have different values there.
@iona @m0puh @M0YNG Unfortunately, I think you underestimate the pervasiveness of public hate speech in the US. Rush Limbaugh made right wing radio mainstream in the mid ‘90s, and its only grown from there, to the point that Fox News is now the most watched cable tv news source, and is essentially the propaganda arm of the Trump government.
@iona @m0puh @M0YNG You didn’t ask for a USian POV on the librem situation, but I’m American so I’m going to tell you anyway: they started a mastodon instance, and someone asked “will you ban hate speech?” Librem said “no, but it probably won’t be a problem.” Fediverse reaction was “Librem supports hate speech! They’re aligned with bigots and fascists!” My feeling is there’s no need to defederate unless the place actually *is* a haven for that type of speech, like 4/8chan, Reddit, etc.