Anyone else seeing this? I made a comment that included "joinmastodon.org" and got this from Facebook.
@jgoerzen I know of another person who has seen blocking of that link. I don't know if they saw that specific message.
@aral Well yes. But a ton of people haven't gotten that message yet, and of those that have, few know what to do about it. I run a mask & vaccine supporters group on Facebook that has been reasonably effective locally, and I'd be surprised if any of the people in it are on Mastodon (or, for that matter, even Twitter). Though this issue piqued the interest of a couple of them.
@jgoerzen Oh! What an honor! Facebook recognizes Mastodon an the Fediverse as a threat. They obviously still can remember what happened to MySpace...
@jgoerzen Each time there is "community" in a sentence, you can be reasonably sure it translates to "a person or group of persons decide they know better than you what is good for you".
@penguyman Ouch. I would definitely like to know more about this story. Do you have screenshots anywhere?
After ban you should contact customer care, but if they do not answer for over 30 days, you cannot restore the account anymore. This is a twitter rule.
@giordanoscarso True. It is trivially easy to work around. My point wasn't so much that they were aggrieving *ME* - the post they removed was months old, after all - but that they were censoring the community.
@jgoerzen I've wrote the message mainly thinking how to solve the problem technically. Unfortunately it made me look like a know-it-all person.
But I agree with you, it is really creepy how they are censoring Mastodon, considering how small its current user base is.
But if I understood correctly they are retroactively removing every reference to Mastodon. That's crazy.
@jakob What are the advantages compared to a feed aggregator? I only see disadvantages for general feeds ...
@jakob OK, so you are using friendica stream as aggragator. This would make my stream useless since I've got many RSS/Atom feeds where I need to choose the time-frame to read some of them. I guess this scales only for few feeds that aren't containing large texts.
@jgoerzen I don't have Facebook (nor do I have Twitter), but if this is true, then it is a sign that they are taking notice and are afraid.
@kicou They have basically bought out tons of competitors for purposes of killing them. Can't do that with Mastodon.
@jgoerzen Interesting. So Andrew Lee of freenode (insanity) fame and facebook are using the same definition of spam.
@jgoerzen related: the influx of new users to mastodon seems to be increasing(could be a temporary blip tho):
can copy and paste the following into the search box for a recent chart:
@jgoerzen This seems to be a recent change: https://changelog.complete.org/archives/10285-facebook-censored-me-for-mentioning-open-source-social-network-mastodon
@jgoerzen This is new as of the past couple weeks - I made a post on my bluesite account about alternate methods to contact me including a link to joinmastodon.org and my profile here, and it posted.
It's so sad.. people would rather be mindlessly entertained than actually have legit, minimally mediated communications with each other.
@jgoerzen that practice should be illegal in germany. there is no such thing as a "householder's rights" for big platforms. they have to follow the law of free speech. it is legal to post such links, so they are not allowed to delete them
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