Some people claim that instance-blocking weakens the fediverse, and undermines the point of federation.
This is the opposite of the truth.
The point of federation is that it limits the accumulation of power: no single instance can control fedi, because users can always switch instances without leaving fedi.
This is why fedi and fascism are fundamentally opposed -- and why the ability to block fascist/abusive instances is the very heart of federation's power to serve its users.
@woozle You can not change opinions with blocking... opinions only change if they are debated and people are exposed to differences.
Blocklists creates silos which divides the fediverse into different camps. Silos creates fundamentalism.
If you are told the same untruth multiple times, you will eventually believe that it has some truth to it. Unless the untruthfulness is exposed.
People can change and do change all the time. It is not about sanctioning their views.. but correcting them. So it is not about tolerance.
Racism is a response of being afraid. Being scared of the unfamiliar. About belonging. Blocking will only make their resolve stronger.
So I would say.. blocklists is to take the ignorant route. Burying the head in the sand.
Blocking hate speech is not the fight for winning those on the other side back. It is the fight against losing more people to them.
I do not have research unfortunately, but an example. The german extreme right party AfD was rising and rising through the refugee crisis because they kept inciting fear of strangers in the population. Inviting them into talk shows only made things worse, because it provided them with the means to reach even more people. 1/x
I agree that people who are afraid cannot be won back by punishing them for their fear. But easing their fear is extremely hard. And more importantly, not everybody inciting fear does that purely because they are afraid themselves. If you look at the politicians in the AfD, they are clearly using fear for their personal gain.
A major politician in the AfD is a homosexual woman who lives in a relationship with another woman with children. This woman is fighting to limit the rights of homosexuals, because it's what here clientele likes. No amount of rational argument will convince her out of her positions, because she knows fully what she is doing.
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