Diaspora is facing, for the first time AKAIK, the question of what to do about bad actors using their network with the advent of a BBC article about diaspora being used by IS after they were censored on other social media. Its not quite the same issue as SAFE, because they have POD admins and owners who will be responsible in their legal jurisdictions, but most of the questions are relevant to SAFE so its worth following the discussion. We’ll no doubt have many of the same and varied points of view.
- the discussion is taking place amongst devs ATM, on the Google groups diaspora-discuss list rather than diaspora itself (I’m on the main joindiaspora pod and have seen nothing on it there yet).
- I’ve seen none of the IS posts on diaspora myself (though I could perhaps find them if I searched or was following certain hashtags)
- one of the features of Diaspora (that I find quite irritating) is that anyone can start posting stuff that appears in your feed by default, by simply deciding to share with you, unless you explicitly either block them, or place them in an “aspect” that you then don’t follow. So if an IS account wants me to see their posts, they can just “start sharing” with me.
- what I have seen recently was what seemed the co-ordinated appearance of pro-Israel commenters on posts highlighting the severity of Israeli Defence Force actions in Gaza, and other abuse of Palestinians in Israel.
I’ve been a member of joindiaspora.com since the start so its a bit surprising the bad actors issue hasn’t arisen before really.
Side note: I’m only still on this mailing list because Google won’t unsubscribe me - spammers!