From Pocket this morning,
This definitely applies to Mastodon and admins abilities to defederate: https://aeon.co/essays/why-its-as-hard-to-escape-an-echo-chamber-as-it-is-to-flee-a-cult?utm_source=pocket&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=pockethits
Note that I put this up for both sides of the equation:
If your instance is a bunch of shitheads that actively ridicule anyone that doesn't conform to their specific ideals, that's an echo chamber (in a way)
If your instance defederates from any instance that has contrarian views, that's the beginning of an epistemic bubble.
I would encourage more instances to silence, not suspend instances. Hold your users to the bar you expect.
@indrora What does silencing an instance entail?
@bthall It makes content from that instance opt-in, as opposed to a total ban. You don't that instance's content on the federated timeline but boosts of content from there from un-silenced instances make it in, and will show up on your local timeline.
@indrora Oh good! :)
@bthall it's not perfect but it does mean that instances (e.g. mastodon.social) can federate with instances with questionable content (e.g. pawoo.net) in a user-controlled way.
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