Before I go off to celebrate Midsummer by being in bed sick (Swedish woes), I want to share a small update.

#Tusky will keep blocking servers which actively promote fascism. This in particular means Gab.

We will get our next release out just in time for the 4th of July.

Don't even try to debate us about Free Speech. This is our speech, exercising #ANTIFA views. And we will keep doing it :toot:

We will post a bigger update at a later time about what this all really means.

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Even users are able ask admins for it or block users if they want. Freedom ia about having a choice 😉. If someone takes away the ability to make that choice, then you're no longer free 😉.

@maperal @tusky As I see it, this is a political decision. Tusky devs are using their freedom to block a nazi instance. And, as any freedom, it should be respected.

"Freedom is having a choice". Right. But when you are refering to nazis (people determined to finish with all kind of freedom) that's not the point. This is plain and simple self-defense.
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@aab
So. When Tusky devs make some decision, they are exercising their freedom that should be respected. When Eugen makes some decision, he's usually dragged through the mud. Am I the only one who sees the inconsistency in the fedizens' approach to things?

Except that in both cases nobody gives a flying f for the freedoms of users. "The door is over there" etc.

Sometimes Mastodon is worse than Twitter, I swear.
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@seventhmagpie @maperal @tusky Hi!
Well, that is my opinion, not the fediverse one. Besides that, as users, we can express our opinions to the devs -we are doing that now, btw-, and try to reach an agreement.

I don't know much about Eugen, as I don't use Mastodon myself. 

What I was trying to express is that blocking gab is more a political decission than a technical one, and I am grateful for it, because I see it as a decision to take care of the fediverse.

Maybe all of this will be more clear when gab finally gets into the fediverse; then, we'll see what kind of "freedom of speech" they are defending: freedom to harrass everyone they feel as inferior and different to them.

@aab
Eugen is a primary developer of Mastodon.

Personally, I believe that any dev can do whatever they please with things they built. We can express our opinions, but in the end they are the ones with the power to make a decision.

However, an app level block strongly reminds me of The Great Chinese Firewall, or RKN vs. Telegram.

Political or not, blocks should be done at the instance/account level. Otherwise, who will guard the guards? Why allow others decide what you are allowed to see?

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