Jumping off what @blaine is saying here:
I work in professional fact-checking and content moderation for my day job at https://meedan.com and I have begun conversations about ways to do content moderation as a federated service that admins can pay to subscribe to (where moderators are paid a living wage, maybe in worker owned coops even, as opposed to big social media companies using basically sweatshop moderation labor)
@darius @blaine I was a on the YouTube T&S team and while there are many talented people there working extremely hard, leadership was terrified of introducing more transparency and community input into policy and enforcement. So excited to see what's possible here - I think a more open approach helps strengthen communities.
It may be that this is necessary as the fediverse gets larger. But I'm remembering the reasons I stopped hosting small email servers - as the amount of friction and money required to successfully bring an instance into the network grows, the pressure to centralize on big instances grows, and the core value of federation is lost.
@darius @blaine I would love to see tools for a version of this as community based moderation that could incorporate relays and other services as a type of community hub
Admins and users would be able to subscribe to block or even allow lists based on their relay/hub, and opt in to their moderation decisions.
As an admin, I would also be interested in a subscription service for moderation as well
@darius this would probably benefit from having a more standardised categorisation of moderation reasons so you could make certain types of reports only go to a select group that's specifically trained / certified for (e.g. certain kinds of abuse), or so moderators can opt-out from certain categories (e.g. nsfw or perhaps those relying on media display).
Hometown is adapted from Mastodon, a decentralized social network with no ads, no corporate surveillance, and ethical design.