followbots are actively ruining the things that make Mastodon good.

followbots force federation without oversight, and due to that have already repeatedly lead to marginalized groups being harassed by instances they want nothing to do with.

imo any instance that runs followbots should be blacklisted until they stop using followbots.

The difficulty with federation is you have to account for the federation policies all the way out the tree, not just the ones you immediately federate with.

server A federates only with server B.
B federates with C, D, F.
F "federates with everything."
whoops, Z is a bunch of nazis, and F just federated with them.

Congratulations, server A is federated with the nazis on server Z.

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@pup Wait, does this actually happen? How does the federation process work? Is it automatic as you say?

@pup Also does this mean that Servers A, B, C, D, and F all have to block server Z by themselves now?
In that case, yeah followbots would suck grandly

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