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Unfortunately, we have had to update some of the instances we have blocked.

All Gab instances and been 'upgraded' from Silenced to Suspended. Mstdn.jp has also been suspended.

This is because we have had a lot of members reporting porn themed follow bots from these instances.

Instance block list has been updated:
hub.fosstodon.org/instance-blo

@fosstodon Please be careful not to act like Tec-Tyrants FB or Twitter Thought Police Watch Dogs...students are complaining about Maston that if an instance is financed by Israel or Racist ...blocking happens too fast and.....

@fosstodon thanks, I had the bot follows but hadn't got around to reporting yet. πŸ™‚

@fosstodon Hm. I have seen some of that from those instance as well. I already blocked images from mstdn.jp, and may 'upgrade' it later if it gets worse.

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I only seen stuff like this ones. and it was a few mouths ago. Kinda impressed at how little i seen sl far tbh.

@fosstodon It happened to me yesterday. Thanks for quick response. πŸ‘ ❀️

@nicd There's a couple variations.

One is a bot that automatically follows thousands and thousands of people and uses its profile to serve up advertising for products or services. Often adult content is served that way.

There's another type that we've been seeing here in the Fediverse where a single bot controls thousands of accounts and mass follows people, causing an account to be spammed by follows. These are also often used for advertising or trolling.

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@fosstodon I'd call that a positive development, not an unfortunate one.

@BalooUriza not sure if the people running Fosstodon were literally born yesterday or just act like it for fun.

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