Has anyone come up with a decentralized social media platform yet? I wonder if it's even possible without it devolving in to a complete cesspool even worse than the centralized cesspools.
The idea of replacing Twitter/Facebook is comical given context of how much they pay in personnel and algorithms to remove illigal or otherwise explicit content. At this scale it's demonstrated that control is required.
If I don’t like Trump or anti-vaxx stuff, I can pick a moderation service that bans that content. And vice versa if that’s my cup of tea. Nobody has to see stuff they don’t enjoy, but you’re not censoring the people who do like that content.
Like the network focus on being the network possible in a way that’s agnostic to the content layer. Then give people freedom of choice to pick what suits them best.
Muting it altogether can only make things worse as it will confine you in your "safe" but out of touch personal reality.
This to me is the biggest issue in the recent censorship efforts across all big social media platforms.
How do you get to that conclusion? If you're one to believe one way or another so decidedly that you will no longer listen to reason and fact, you're not going to blindly come across some post on social that makes you suddenly question everything. In fact, you'll probably become incensed with how there are suddenly things that conflict with what you believe instead of being force fed from social's algos. You'll probably assume there is a conspiracy out to get you to look at stuff you don't want to see instead of a firehose of like minded content.
Deprogramming takes a long time, it doesn't happen all at once or with a eureka moment. Political discourse and the nature of politics is programming at its core. How else can we explain decades and decades of broken promises and total deferment to the lobbyists and highest bidders?
You just said it. Money.
The real issue is that these accounts should be scrutinized even more than "regular" users, not less.
All of the things it ostensibly can do are done better and with less baggage by other apps.
Ironic given its "exclusive to Harvard emails" roots.