lol. i have no idea who steve shives is. But today i heard this guy's name, as famous sjw who blocks people. I went, and lo n behold, i am blocked!
and, same thing happened with the feminist freq anita fuck. I discovered i was blocked about 3 months ago, even i never visited her twitter or blog.
so, i guess am somewhat famous.
am guessing, they have a network of ban list. sjw leftist tend to do that. On mastodon too.
@xahlee Blockbots with shared lists, users can submit names for blocking with little or no review. Guilt by association if you follow or interact with evil accounts. I seem to be blocked by him as well; have never heard of him before reading your comment here.
@mattskala i see. quite interesting. so on twitter there's account that actively post people who, say, follow certain people? and the reader can just block those?
do you have a example handy?
When I heard Trump was blocking his critics, I didn’t get why this offended them, either.
I don’t suppose there’s a right-wing version of this yet, but don’t be surprised if one arises — as a fork of the repo.
What am I missing?
@wrenpile @xahlee If I block you because I don't want to read your stuff, that's my business. But if I tell 10000 people "Don't read this guy because he's an evil harasser" (today it would be "Nazi" but these systems are a couple years old now), and people take my word for it without checking, is that harmless?
That said, I don’t think I have the right to order people who *are* being attacked not to use the s/w.
If I believe in free thought, I can deplore people burrowing into intellectual holes, but I can’t in good conscience stop them.
@wrenpile @xahlee I think the only people who've been helped by Twitter blockbots are people pushing a political agenda I abhor, helped to push that agenda. But I also think that's the wrong way to analyse it. Some people have been helped to avoid crime by racist housing covenants because no doubt at least one person excluded by such was a genuine criminal; that doesn't mean they were ever justifiable.
@wrenpile @xahlee that's an awfully general principle to infer from what I said. I think that Twitter blockbots are not justified by the supposed existence of "harassment," but that statement is informed by the observation of the way they've really been used in practice, and against whom, not by theoretical considerations.