Here's something that explains why all big social networks and platforms are garbage:
"The paradox of tolerance states that if a society is tolerant without limit, its ability to be tolerant is eventually seized or destroyed by the intolerant."
@karan I'm really grateful for Mastodon. Those other platforms are even bigger dumpster fires now than they were before.
The paradox works not only about tolerance. In a Star-Wars analogy, the dark side can use all of the tricks of the bright side PLUS the power of the dark side. The "good" of the bright side is not in what they do extra, but what they refuse to do. So bad guys will always have more options. This even applies to democracy. Undemocratic individuals can use democracy to gain power, e.g. through lying to the public, while the democratic opponents can't democratically stop them.
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