(2018-09-01) Twitter Rival Mastodon Isnt Safe From Online Mobs Either
Twitter rival Mastodon isn’t safe from online mobs either. When Twitter drove entire communities off its platform, Mastodon gave them a new online home. But a recent flare-up around actor Wil Wheaton has sparked concerns about how effective the platform truly is at acting against dog-piling and online mobs.
The concern over Mastodon isn’t necessarily about one user, famous or not, but rather the structural design that allows many users to dog-pile on a single person. “I’ve said before that I think it sets a dangerous precedent on how a large group of people can mobilize to drive anyone off the fediverse,” wrote Rochko on Mastodon. “Mob rule is universally dangerous.