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hellsite, transphobia 

Honestly, given the extent of violence that Twitter now embodies, I can't help but feel like the same bright line applies to criticisms of the fediverse that implicitly set up Twitter as the alternative.

Twitter is gone in every way that matters. Criticize the fediverse all you want — it needs to be criticized and made stronger for it — but don't act like Twitter still exists as a viable alternative.

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Incidentally, if you're a plane nerd and have a spare Pi kicking around and don't mind spending fifty quid or so on bits and pieces, it's well worth building your own ADBS receiver. Little weekend project, and you can feed your data to a number of services. If you feed to FlightRadar24, they'll give you a free business account, which is otherwise 500 bucks a year.

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It’s important, if you can, to give the new folks a little bit of grace

They’re coming from the most toxic place on earth, a carefully perfected hate engine

They’re expecting everyone to be horrible to them, for many, that’s all they’ve ever known of online interaction. They’re expecting to be manipulated, dogpiled, and abused.

Some folks will slip into their new place and fit right in, others might be a little feral at first

I’m not saying to ignore abuse or bad behavior, I’m just saying, WE can do a lot to show folks how this place works and what we expect from each other

And remember, they’re coming up from the bottom of a cold crushing sea

There’s a lot of nitrogen still dissolved in their blood, and they might need some time to decompress

RT @publicknowledge
The recent Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. v. Goldsmith dispute is a perfect example of the difficulties facing judges, advocates, and creators who navigate fair use. Read more from @publicknowledge @m_f_rose here: publicknowledge.org/prince-pri

Whenever I'm tempted to think that a new thing seems too complicated, I read newspaper articles about pizza from the early 1950s.

Without any binding commitments to rapidly and immediately reduce greenhouse gases, the world stands no chance to deliver on the 1,5°C limit, and by doing so minimising risks of uprooting the life supporting systems we all depend on and endangering countless human lives.
#COP27

The thing about Twitter is that it really lacks a lot of the features you'd expect from a true Mastodon replacement.

For example, there's no way to edit your toots (which they, confusingly call "tweets"—let's face it, it's a bit of a silly name that's difficult to take seriously).

"Tweets" can't be covered by a content warning. There's no way to let the poster know you like their tweet without also sharing it, and no bookmark feature.

There's no way to set up your own instance, and you're basically stuck on a single instance of Twitter. That means there's no community moderators you can reach out to to quickly resolve issues. Also, you can't de-federate instances with a lot of problematic content.

It also doesn't Integrate with other fediverse platforms, and I couldn't find the option to turn the ads off.

Really, Twitter has made a good start, but it will need to add a lot of additional features before it gets to the point where it becomes a true Mastodon replacement for most users.

#twitter #mastodon #twittermigration

For those who left Twitter here is a handy form which generates an email instructing them to enact the prompt and complete removal of your personal information from their systems as required by GDPR (EU) or CCPA (California)

yourdigitalrights.org/d/twitte

#twitter #gdpr #privacy #ccpa

COP27 

I keep seeing coverage about the “historic” deal made at COP but I’m struggling to see where the progress is. As fas as I can see:

- They’ve agreed to create a fund for countries most vulnerable to climate change impact, but there’s no commitment of money from anyone.

- There’s no progress on emissions

- They haven’t even agreed to “phase down” fossil fuels.

Am I wrong? Is there something incredible that I’ve missed?

#COP27 #Greenwashing #ClimateChange #Politics

Twitter 

Having a Twitter account at this point is like broadcasting you have a “truth social” or 4chan account.

birdsite, space karen, anti-semitism 

So... there are lots of things I disagree with the ADL about, but the head of the ADL, Jonathan Greenblatt correctly pointed out that Musk does not appear to be serious about safeguarding the platform from hate. And Elon responded "hey stop defaming me!" making a joke of it.

If you look at the quote tweets to Elon's reply it's now filled with vile anti-semitism from giddy users.

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