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-Title: Twitter vs. Mastodon: On Leaving the Titanic
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+Title: Twitter vs. Mastodon: On Abandoning the Titanic
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+Slug: twitter-vs-mastodon-on-abandoning-the-titanic
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 Summary: I vent some frustrations about the 800 lbs blue bird.
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 Date: 2018-06-16 11:15
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 Category: Social
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 Tags: mastodon, twitter
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 Status: draft
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 I'm frustrated about Twitter vs. Mastodon[ref]I'm using this as shorthand to
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 mean "microblogging over ActivityPub," sorry Pleroma/GNU Social/other
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 we've come to expect from the moderation teams of big platforms: rules are
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 inconsistently enforced, mod teams suffer [inhuman][2] [conditions][3] and don't
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 always make the decision we expect or want, trolls routinely weaponize
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-moderation tools against already-marginalized groups.
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+moderation tools against the marginalized groups those tools are meant to
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+protect.
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-I've been off Twitter since October 2017 and finally deleted my account late in
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-2018. As someone who already left that particular flavor of toxicity behind,
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+I've been off Twitter since October 2017 and finally deleted my account in
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+late 2018. As someone who already left that particular flavor of toxicity behind,
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 it's frustrating watching this same story play out over and over.
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 People want Twitter to get better. They want to fix it. Twitter was great for a
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 I respect that this is not an easy calculus for some people. I exercised a ton
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 of privilege deleting my own Twitter. The platform is hugely important to some
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 people's revenue streams, especially content creators. There are crossposters in
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-both directions to help you, if you need them. (Just please don't set up and
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-then abandon a Twitter to Mastodon crossposter, I beg you.) Every engagement you
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+both directions to help you, if you need them. (Just, please, I beg you, don't
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+set up a Twitter to Mastodon crossposter only to ignore it.) Every engagement you
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 make on Twitter helps entrench that platform. You get something from them, but
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 they are taking whatever they can from you, and giving back as little as
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-possible completely on their own terms.
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-Fixing any of the complex problems we face these days takes effort. It's easy to
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-be a naysayer. If you have the spoons, please come and be part of the solution.
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+This is the herd immunity of social media. Fixing any of the complex problems we
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+face these days takes effort. It's easy to be a naysayer. If you have the
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+spoons, please come and be part of the solution.
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   [1]: https://twitter.com/GynoStar/status/1146050207618088960
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   [2]: https://www.theverge.com/2019/2/25/18229714/cognizant-facebook-content-moderator-interviews-trauma-working-conditions-arizona

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