Google stoppar Fediverse-appar

Jeffrey Freeman har upptäckt något oroväckande: Google har börjat stoppa applikationer som agerar i det som kallas för “Fediverse”, det vill säga federerade sociala medier som exempelvis Mastodon:

Holy crap, Google is apparently taking down all/most fediverse apps from Google Play on the grounds that that some servers in the Fediverse engage in hate speech. At least three apps I know of anyway and I’d imagine the others will follow soon under the exact same reasoning.} Seems to be the case with Husky, Fedilab, and “subway” tooter.

This is a scary precedent if Google Play is going to ban any apps that can in any way be used to access content with hate speech. So what about a forum client, do they take that down just because there is a forum somewhere on the internet posting hate speech?

This is particularly worrisome because for most people Google Play is the only way they understand to install apps at all.

Detta är oroväckande på flera sätt, men tack och lov finns det fler ställen att installera applikationer från i en Android-telefon jämfört med en iPhone.