Mastodon (Tor Access Recommended)

Mastodon

From the homepage:

Mastodon is a free, open-source social network. A decentralized alternative to commercial platforms, it avoids the risks of a single company monopolizing your communication. Pick a server that you trust — whichever you choose, you can interact with everyone else. Anyone can run their own Mastodon instance and participate in the social network seamlessly.

What sets Mastodon apart:

  • Timelines are chronological
  • Public timelines
  • 500 characters per post
  • GIFV sets and short videos
  • Granular, per-post privacy settings
  • Rich block and muting tools
  • Ethical design: no ads, no tracking
  • Open API for apps and services

… (emphasis in original)

No regex for filtering posts but it does have:

  • Block notifications from non-followers
  • Block notifications from people you don’t follow

One or both should cover most of the harassment cases.

I was surprised by the “Pick a server that you trust…” suggestion.

Really? A remote server being run by someone unknown to me? Bad enough that I have to “trust” my ISP, to a degree, but an unknown?

You really need a Tor based email account and use Tor for access to Mastodon. Seriously.

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