I have recently uncovered a user who seems to be opening temporary accounts at QOTO, blocking all the moderators so we dont see their posts and then posting high offensive material (nazi imagery, transphobic and hateful derogatory content, etc) and then proceeding to announce to block list moderators and possibly on the #Fediblock list in general in an attempt to get us banned.

The issue of users being able to block moderators and do **exactly** this is something I have brought up to @Gargron before probably over a year ago but he has never acted on fixing this issue and does not see it as needing fixing from what I could gather (he can interject here if he would like).

It is something we as moderators are powerless to detect or act against unless someone actually reports the content first, that is the only way we will even see it. Thankfully none of the block lists have actually acted on this and no damage to QOTO has been done. But seeing as this may continue I want to make others aware of the problem, press Gargron to fix the issue once more, and also encourage **anyone** who sees such content on QOTO to please report it so we can act on it.

I can not personally confirm this but according to the block-list operator they seem to have reason to think it is @snow behind the attacks. This would be in line with the behaviors from snow I have witnessed in the past.

For the attempt by snow to spam and falsely accuse instances see here:

likeable.space/notice/A21ux0Ib

For more information see these attempted block requests on QOTO that were made in this fashion:

schlomp.space/FediBlock/data/p

schlomp.space/FediBlock/data/p

@arteteco @Sphinx @khird

(Note: originally posted from @freemo account. Repasted here to show up in QOTO announcements as well)

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Mastodon's implementation of blocks is bad. Very, very bad. It's an attempt to emulate Twitter's block "logic", which is also bad.

On almost any other platform/protocol that came before modern social media, Alice blocking Bob means that Alice does not see anything Bob posts, and DMs/whispers from Bob either get silently dropped or rejected with a message. Bob is "blocked" from communicating with Alice.

Twitter and Mastodon (try to) also enforce the inverse; Alice blocking Bob also means Bob cannot see anything Alice posts. To some, this sounds fair and reasonable. The problem is, it can only ever be enforced on a website that requires an account to view content. And Twitter's entire business model is a global public conversation that anybody can tap into and participate in. 80% of visitors are lurkers, lurkers share by pasting links to other platforms. This is incompatible with requiring registration to view content.

But Mastodon is free! It's open! It's run by you! It's by the people! It's for the people! Why on Earth would you want/need to emulate those evil bastards at hellsite dot com?

Because of market pressure. As it turns out, Mastodon's target market, people who were too toxic for twitter, routinely used the blocker-is-invisible-to-blockee logic as a weapon on twitter. Obviously, they expected their full toolkit to be available on Mastodon. But Mastodon is decentralized; you can only reliably perform this sort of restriction on the blocker's server. that's it. that's a very small part of the fediverse.

What's the solution? Understand that this is gaslighting literally everyone involved. It also gives a false sense of security, which I feel is important to mention, because these features are almost always forced upon us for reasons of health and safety.

@QOTO @Gargron @arteteco @Sphinx @khird @freemo

@r000t @QOTO @Gargron @arteteco @Sphinx @khird @freemo

Imagine relying on an antifeature of blocking that can ve defeated by logging out and actually fooling the moderation for a while. 🤣

What's next for Mastodon? Fact-checker disclaimers for user posts containing information declared mostly false by snopes?

@sheetposter

You dont even need to log out, just go to the server directly rather than viewing it through your local account client.. literally just need to go to their feed directly. I do it all the time and its more of an annoyance than any sort of security

@r000t @Gargron @QOTO @Sphinx @arteteco @khird

@r000t
Correct, I complained the same thing to the pleroma development term already.

This is so brain dead.

Can you copy your post to here and let them to know?
https://git.pleroma.social/pleroma/pleroma/-/issues

I should able to view all the post even the person blocked me.

The way I solve this is have read only sock accounts in big instances, can no one know my name on there.

@QOTO @Gargron @arteteco @Sphinx @khird @freemo

@r000t
I don't see much logic behind blocking people on a public platform, with the exception of targetted bullying

@QOTO @Gargron @arteteco @Sphinx @khird @freemo
While you're here, you should understand that gargron doesn't care about safety.

His "official" flagship instance still federates with these users. It does not federate with me. When I told him about them, he told me I was too loud about it.

@r000t

I'd have to hear his side of it and when he unfederated from you to really have an opinion. Not defederating isnt a big issue to me, that should mostly be left to the users. So I'd be more critical about why he defederated you specifically.

@QOTO @Gargron @arteteco @Sphinx @khird

@freemo
This was his response.

I called a guy a guy after said guy spent literally months telling bald-faced lies about me for months straight, btw. That was my big crime.

Threatening an autistic person with violence is OK tho.

But again that was mostly aimed at people who were viewing my other post anyway; it's getting shared a lot for some reason. I wanted people to know what Eugene's stance was on violeng rhetoric. Given that's a big topic recently.

Join Mastodon has yet to respond to my request for follow up comment. Also attached.
@QOTO @Gargron @arteteco @Sphinx @khird

@r000t @QOTO @Gargron @arteteco @Sphinx @khird @freemo It doesn't even work on Twitter. Just open the tweet you want to read in a private window and it is visible again, unless you have a locked account.
@r000t
I'd say clients allowing remote follow of users and even servers allows people to bypass this.

I don't really agree that Mastodon targets people too toxic for twitter. Ive found in my Fedi travels that it is significantly less toxic.

It is an interesting game problem: if I don't want people harassing me, I want to be able to prevent their account from following me. this eliminates the opportunistic harassers, but not someone determined, particularly on a distributed network. But it does allow people to engage in bad behavior in other ways. But it does seem to be a problem with open registrations.

Maybe as an admin, a smart thing to do is to run a local block bot that kicks anyone that blocks an admin of their own server.
@QOTO @Gargron @arteteco @Sphinx @khird @freemo

@r000t @QOTO @Gargron @arteteco @Sphinx @khird @freemo

Same thing happends all the time on this instance too. Luckily, I have ways around that

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"pissed everyone off in literally record time" - Recommended by 10 out of 10 people who, for some sad reason, have a dedicated column up to watch #fediblock.