If you wish to be a member of Mozilla.Social, Mozilla’s new Mastodon instance, you’re not allowed to harass different customers. You’re additionally not allowed to make use of derogatory language about gender, intercourse, sexual orientation, race, age, capacity, or another “bodily, social or cultural attributes or classifications.” You possibly can’t unfold misinformation and disinformation, both. Or impersonate somebody. A few of these are regular insurance policies, some are unusually heavy-handed, they usually’re all onerous to litigate. However Mozilla’s stance is fairly easy and very uncommon within the social media universe: if it’s debatable, it’s gone.
“We’re not going to promote that we’re some type of impartial platform,” says Steve Teixeira, Mozilla’s chief product officer. He says too many platforms attempt to discover a center floor between, say, individuals who wish to do others hurt and folks that don’t, when in actuality, there isn’t a center floor in any respect. “It’s important to land on the aspect of people that don’t wish to do hurt to others.” By not pretending to be impartial and never claiming to be the free speech wing of something, Mozilla hopes it may be rather more lively in making Mastodon place to be.