I just came across the first creep on Mastadon. Hoping I don't need to explain this but why take a chance? My pictures and my body do not exist for men's entertainment. Why do I put them up? Because. I. WANT. TO.

Women are not objects. I am not anybody's 'cutie'. And harassing strange (or familiar) women is not acceptable. Don't even get me started on the mansplaining about my eating.

Hey @citrustwee @Ca_Gi @Gargron Could you please help? I reported this account for an offensive comment on my pic. He's calling me a right extremist and asking people to report me. This is exactly the kind of misogynist bullying that some of us are trying to escape from, on other social sites.

@ideasmithy Depending on your client (browser or smartphone App), somewhere near that post you will find 3 dots. It's a menu that contains the 'Report' button that communicates the abuse to the admind of your Instance and eventually to the admins of the Instance of the abuser.
After reporting the post you can block the user.
Take a look of the name of the Instance of the abuser. If you will notice in the future that more that one abuser comes from the same Instance, you could decide to block for yourself the entire Instance and also propose to your Instance admins to block it for everyone. @citrustwee @Gargron

@ideasmithy Mastodon gives lot of tools to block abusers but remember that it's impossible to block every single abuse. On Mastodon, simply, abusers dont last long 😎 @citrustwee @Gargron

@Ca_Gi @ideasmithy @citrustwee @Gargron I understand mastodon gives lots of tools to block abusers, but they would fall short in front of the paid army of abusers and trolls from India. They are often being paid to abuse and they would go to any length carry out their abuse. Mastodon would have to provide more tools to counter that.

@bisaat The real solution is to avoid gigantic Instances like mastodon.social (sorry Eugen πŸ˜…) in favour of small and medium Istances that are more specific about a community.

To make an example, my Instance is community driven (there are also meetings by person) and the active users decides the policies together with the admins. It's not rare that some users explains to the admins which Instance must be blocked πŸ˜„

Usually an abuser lasts 10 minutes by us because ALL the users collaborate to moderation with commonly discussed policies.

If there are strange massive registrations oyr admins interruots them.

It's also possible to make the registrations only by invitation.

@ideasmithy @citrustwee @Gargron

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I must also tell you about Gab! It's a social network for right-wing extremists based in USA. When Gab was banned by the App Store and Play Store, they rapidly converted in a Mastodon Instance! A 1 million fascist-users Instance means 1/4 of all the entire Mastodon userbase. When that happened many madia declared that 'now Mastodon is a fascist network'.
The truth is that in less than a week 98% of the Mastodon Instances blocked Gab. In fact I have personally seen only 2 or 3 posts of that people before the block and by my experience I 'live' on a fascist-free Instance 😎 @bisaat @ideasmithy @citrustwee @Gargron

@Ca_Gi @bisaat @citrustwee @Gargron That sounds terrifying. But also, such good work in stemming a toxic set of behaviours.

@ideasmithy Terrifying? I found amazing the fact that this platform permits to isolate abusers the way that, in fact, I have quite never seen them πŸ˜„!
Instead of blocking the abusers 1 at the time, the entire abusers central is now a closed and isolated echo chamber. That's great πŸ˜„
@bisaat @citrustwee @Gargron

@Ca_Gi @bisaat @citrustwee @Gargron No, I meant it's terrifying to remember that the power of a tool allows malicious intentions to flourish just as much as others. It's true, of course. Takes all kinds etc. It just always shakes me to discover someone using a tool that fascinates me, as a weapon. I'm glad you're finding ways to deal with that without limiting other users.

There is a very interesting author, Furio Jesi, that unfortunately is not very know outsude Italy. Just before dying he wrote 'Cultura di destra' (The right wing culture) that explains perfectly the fact that people with a certain mindset can and will use and bend EVERYTHING in their favour. @ideasmithy @bisaat @citrustwee @Gargron

@ideasmithy
It's not as terrifying when you realize most gab accounts are spambots.

They inflated their numbers because in reality they're just a vocal minority; by blocking their instances, the fediverse is safe once again.

Also, the latest version of Mastodon now implements much more effective anti abuse tools, the most radical being whitelisting!

Mastodon has matured a lot in only one year.

@Ca_Gi @bisaat @citrustwee @gargron

@wabbster Well, it was quute predictable, knowing the people that run the project, theur friends and also some other signals like the frog as their logo πŸ™„ @bisaat @ideasmithy @citrustwee @Gargron

@Ca_Gi Thanks for the replies.

That's great, and I hope our instances can stay fascist free.

There are also some useful acciunts like @isolategab that monitors and reports the acrivity of Gab users outside Gab or the few remaining Instances that didn't block it.
This isn't something that can be don automaticly by software, but is the activity of people that share some values and actively works to mantain this platform what it is. Don't rely on admins and don't expect to be served by others but work on it with the people that are here with you.
@bisaat @ideasmithy @citrustwee @Gargron

@Ca_Gi @bisaat @ideasmithy @citrustwee @Gargron quite a few Indian Right wing extremists on Gab too. They promote their gab.ai handles on Twitter.

@ullulullu They can stay on their isolated Instance as long as they want 😎 Follow @isolategab to be updated about their activity outside their Instance @bisaat @ideasmithy @citrustwee @Gargron

Thank you for that mention!

Yes we will remain watchful and Gab is a home to far-right extremists from many countries including India. #IsolateGab

@Ca_Gi @ullulullu @bisaat @ideasmithy @citrustwee @Gargron

@null0x0 Terrible? No: the opposite! Every platform with 1/4 of his users being fascists will be condamned to become a nazi-site but the structure of Mastodon based on independent Instances + the teamwork of the communities, isolated Gab in a matter of days πŸ˜ƒ @bisaat @ideasmithy @citrustwee @Gargron

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