Just found out Tusky and Fedilab are now censoring instances that the developers don't like.. To those developers... Who made you king that you get to decide what others visit? You have no right to control other people´s lives. Just because something offends you, that doesn't give you the right to tell us what we can't do.. I don't like SJW´s, but I do not try to silence them.. @tusky and @fedilab developers.... pull your heads out of your posteriors. #leavethefediversefree

@d4klutz I sincerely think they wouldn't be taking this measure if Gab's app wasn't already removed from both app stores *and* it wasn't explicitly stated that use of these apps was a motivator in Gab moving to Mastodon's code.

Like most stupid things businesses in America do, this is 100% a risk calculation. Do nothing, and risk having to go back and forth with Google/Apple's abuse team for weeks, for a personal FOSS project.

@r000t also, just FYI, I have no knowledge of gab or its contents.. just hearsay... they have the right to express themselves by word, as do all poeple.

@d4klutz The long story short is: Gab had so much of a problem with not handling real actual abuse (real actual death threats, real actual calls to violence, etc.) that its mobile app was removed from Google Play and the App Store.

Part of Gab's announcement to moving to Mastodon was "Now Google can't ban us because there's Mastodon apps. Checkm9"

@r000t I understand that.. but, this isnt just about gab.. it is about the consequences of actions. Where does it stop? Gab will not be the last site by any means if the censorship goes through. Where is the line to be drawn?. I am not defending Gab´s content, just the right of people to be free to make their own decisions.

@d4klutz I think I need to straight up write a blog post about this.

For me personally, if I had a Mastodon app, I'd be handing a cleansed version to Apple/Google. Their road, their rules.

I'd then turn around and put the "raw" version on my website and F-Droid.

I think everyone's missing the point here: Yes, free speech is important, but Google and Apple have theirs, and apps that interact with Gab will *probably* get ToS'd. Then nobody can use them. That's a loss for everyone.


Basically, I think everyone's mad at people who make Mastodon apps, when they should be mad at Google and Apple.

Yes, I'm sure some of the app developers are making a political statement. But others are simply trying to keep their software available.

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