Last November, I made a brief post to Facebook about Mastodon. Mastodon is an open-source and open social network, which is decentralized and all about user control instead of corporate control. I&…

Last November, I made a brief post to Facebook about Mastodon. Mastodon is an open-source and open social network, which is decentralized and all about user control instead of corporate control. I’ve blogged about Mastodon and the dangers of Facebook before, but rarely mentioned Mastodon on Facebook itself.

Today, I received this notice that Facebook had censored my post about Mastodon

@samiam@lemmy.ml
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Indeed, I posted a link to my personal blog yesterday and Facebook appears to have shadow banned it (it did not get any likes or other interaction); another link to my personal web site (which has a COVID tracker) was reported and removed.

Facebook’s main value is that it allows me to stay in touch with a lot of old friends I have no other contact info for; in terms of a social network, I’m moving towards the open source stuff (Lemmy/Mastodon/Diaspora/Discourse and the old school PHP-based message boards).

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If they censor enough people, those users will stop using their account. It takes a certain critical mass of users to perpetuate interaction. If they run off enough active users, the site will start to implode like Myspace did.

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Most people on Facebook aren’t being censored and a lot of the people (not all, obviously) being censored are not exactly the kind who are going to be missed.

You know, the kind that go to Gab or Parler instead.

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those people didnt goto gab or parler because they got banned off facebook only because they either got banned of twitter or because trump got banned from there

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Facebook is only censoring posts about Mastodon cuz they know they don’t stand a chance in direct competition

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How so ? I’m genuinely curious. AFAIK mastodon targets a different niche than FB. Namely it aims to offer a better alternative to twitter.

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Facebook: 2.8 billion users. Mastodon: 2.2 million users.

Yeah, Facebook is quaking in their boots at the upstart that’s three orders of magnitude smaller.

(I say this, incidentally, as someone who’s deleted his Facebook account and uses Mastodon…)

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Mb it because FB cannot dig any data from in mastodon instances.

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Yes. Those 2.2 million people out of 4.2 billion they’re not currently engaging with must be really eating at them! They’re probably tossing and turning at night that literally 1/2000th or so of their as yet unsubscribed populace can’t be dug out yet.

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The fediverse needs to get over itself. It is not a major player yet. It isn’t even a minor player yet. It barely qualifies as the fringe of a fringe player.

And, note, I say this as a user of four fediverse services (and not a user of Facebook nor Twitter)!

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It doesn’t matter what the niche is. What matters is where you spend your time. If you are posting regularly on Mastodon, you aren’t on Facebook. That means they can’t show you ads and they can’t charge premium rates for advertising. They would logically deem any social media site as competition, even Twitter.

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Side point but @ericbuijs@lemmy.ml would you like to have this community? The current owner is long gone.

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Sure, I would like to do that.

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K done.

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They have been shadowbanning links to other social media sites for a long time. (No one sees your post in their feed)

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Wow. I was not aware of this. I thought they always inform when they take blocking action.

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I mean, that is not surprising at all. I am kinda a little amused by (but mainly sad about) how bewildered the article author seems to be by Facebook actions against their post about a “Facebook alternative” social network.

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I fully agree. I respect the author as a Free Software advocate and a developer for GNU/Linux Debian but he should have known better. Being at the whims of FB anything can be expected. I do hope he’ll delete his account now.

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