I'm a firm believer of Hanlon's Razor, but over a week, Facebook has flagged a post and a comment of mine, both about Mastodon (and including a link to joinmastodon.org)


@yhancik Before I was banned by Twitter (their AI thought I was a conspiracy theorist for making fun of them), I also had the impression that Tweets linking to joinmastodon.org did less well than expected. So I mostly linked to a blog post of mine, which linked to joinmastodon.org.

If true that would be anti-competitive behavior, which is officially illegal. I find it hard to believe they would risk that. If someone sings that can cost them a lot of money.

@VictorVenema @yhancik

The other day there was a Hacker News post of some FOSS project thrown from Google Play because the website link they referenced contained a link to Patreon.. i.e. the indirect link cause the ban.

What I find most worrying: the extent to which people may be 'shadow suppressed' on a social media network by the AI/ML algorithms, based on undesirable keywords and other text analysis of your content.

That kind of suppression requires algorithmic transparency to detect.

@humanetech Apple and Google demand something like 30% of all app earnings. Which is a ridiculous amount they can only demand because they build a closed monopoly.

They naturally do not want app makers to circumvent this and do not care about FOSS projects, so then you get such rules. Also the control these two companies have on which apps are allowed in destructive and is power corporations should not have.

The fight against monopolies is important to make digital spaces livable.


@VictorVenema @humanetech @yhancik indeed. Do you think that fdroid could have more weight than it currently has ?


@damko It seems reasonable to me to require fdroid to be preinstalled, or at least to give people the option to choose it like Microsoft was required to give people choice of web browsers.

@humanetech @yhancik

@VictorVenema @humanetech @yhancik totally agree. Also it would be fair that fdroid offers a payment gw for apps. I'm not sure if it's currently possible

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