I have a hypothesis about how social networks evolve: they all seem to begin with young men software engineer founders, who frequently have a libertarian bent.
That sounds like the founder of MeWe, Mark Weinstein:
I’m sure that Mastodon has instances that are messed up, but the administrator of the Trekkie-oriented instance I live on has suspended interaction with entire instances—meaning hundreds or thousands of individuals—because it was a haven for neo-nazis. Or it was a spam bot instance. Or, today, because an instance refused to put content warnings and filters on adult content.
Twitter, by contrast, won’t allow influencers to turn off comments for their tweets. I personally know advocates, with 20,000+ followers, who have had to deal with regular harassment on Twitter. Seriously messed up stuff, rape and death threats. And yet Twitter won’t allow you to turn off commenting.
I think Cake’s panels are an under appreciated gem that advocates could really take advantage of. When Cake tweeted this
and the panelists shared the tweet with their followers, there was some less than friendly feedback from a vocal minority over the “a few of the world’s most interesting” comment. Probably jealousy, but it put a minor damper on an otherwise amazing experience for everyone.
By contrast, on Cake we got 145 positive emoji likes which was incredibly kind.
Mastodon is far from perfect, and neither is Cake, but they’re both light years better than the alternatives.