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

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@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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