Looming shitstorm warning.

Gab, noted haven for racists, misogynists, and literal Nazis, is intending to fork Mastodon and join the fediverse.

Their aim is to sidestep being banned from the main App Stores by allowing any Mastodon client to use their service.

Obviously, this also means that they'll federate, and they're openly excited about the trolling possibilities.

Mastodon admins concerned by this should block their instance from federation when they cut over to their fork.


@dave On the one hand, ugh. On the other, the theory that smaller federated platforms each with their own content policies is getting tested big time. If it succeeds, we have a way forward that's neither "let the big platforms decide what speech to allow" nor "big platforms are common carriers that must provide an equal platform to everybody".

@freakazoid I mean yes, you’re right, but it isn’t new. Bad actors are already part of the fediverse - troll and spam instances have been getting defederated for a good while now. Gab is slightly different in that they’re migrating from a monolithic network, which means it’s unlikely to spawn new bad-actor instances; users are incentivised to remain on the Gab instance.

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