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Due to lots of questions recently, I'd like to clarify some of our philosophies regarding instance blocking:

In our CoC/ToS, we state that we may block instances that don't abide by a CoC/ToS similar to our own (and we have always been clear about what is acceptable behaviour for •ART).

This includes instances that don't moderate their users for harmful ideologies under the banner of "free speech".

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Many of our users come from marginalized communities/identities, and their safety is our top priority. We make the decision not to federate with instances that allow racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, far-right, or other abusive ideologies on their instance, not because of "censorship", but because we believe in working hard to create a community that will be as safe as possible for our users.

Let me or your mod team know if you have any questions. <3

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@Curator Thank you so much for this, and for all of your hard work!

@TQ We do what we can! Thank you for being here with us. ^^ :bear_hugs:

@Curator Thank you so much :heart_sp_trans: As a user on mastodon.art I fully support your stance ! :heart_sp_trans:

@Curator Hi :hi_reimu: I have a question I want to ask you. Why is fedi.absturztau.be blocked by mastodon.art? From what I saw that instance members mostly post cute artworks so it got me curious.

@kitsune Hello! We have our reasons listed here: mastodon.art/about/more#unavai Mainly, fedi.absturztau.be federates with an instance called Kiwifarms, which is a community that has caused real damage to some of our users in the past. Associating with them is a huge red flag for us.

Also, freespeechextremist.com has a history of harassment and abuse toward marginalized communities, so being friendly toward them is also a red flag.

I hope that clears things up!

@Curator So basically only because they federate with those instances? Wouldn't it be smarter to just block fse and kf if you really care about those 2 instances? I can't say anything but good things about that instance since I never saw anything negative coming from any of the users. At least that was my experience from interacting with them.

@kitsune I appreciate your point of view. I have already had a private discussion with the admin of fedi.absturztau.be about our decision. Ultimately it comes down to a difference in philosophy on how we utilize instance blocks.

It's okay to disagree! The beauty of the :fediverse: is that users can find another instance to join if they don't like our instance block policies. We've always been open about them to our users.

@Curator Fair enough I guess. Thank you for your answers.

@Curator So, nuke 'em from orbit? Yeah, I'm down.

What plans do you have for Twitter's announced attempt to muscle in on us?

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