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 this has a flip side: because nobody controls fedi, no one can stop it if other forms of the right choose to abuse the service, as has happened before.

And it is possible to make blocking a difficult task due to the low bar to entry. I could think of ways to automate the creation of instances with docker, an API for a registrar (or abusing subdomains), and bots. This largely hasn't happened yet, but it is very possible and in fact not difficult to do with even the most rudimentary programming knowledge.

@Elizafox As I said in another fork of this discussion, nothing is perfect; the point is that fedi as a concept inherently works against the aims of fascism by preventing too much power from accumulating.

There are other mechanisms which could help further, such as sharing block-lists among designated friends.

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