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Astroturfing is getting worse:

PR companies and goodness knows who else are becoming more efficient at flooding consultations with fake opinions, drowning out genuine comments.

It's a win-win situation for astroturfers: either they sway policymaking, or they discredit the whole consultation process, making it even more difficult for ordinary citizens to get through to policymakers.

Is there any solution to this?

The day has come. Today we're gonna deploy a closed-beta Prismo instance!

Sign-ups are closed for public but few people involved in the dev/discussion process + all the patreon/librepay donors will get their beta account to help us test it.

Stay tooned! :)

I've removed the post about Supermicro and compromised servers at Amazon, Apple and others.

Bloomberg is standing by the story, Apple and Amazon have denied it entirely in unusually direct terms. Someone is either blatantly lying or being unusually terrible at their job.

It's difficult to know who to trust.

Given the situation, we should perhaps wait for more evidence to come to light. I'll post an update if things become clearer.

Do you want to help shape open federated alternatives like @pixelfed, @prismo , @anfora and @funkwhale ?

You can do so very easily at:

It's a set of forums where anyone can give feedback and ideas for these projects directly to the developers. You don't need to be a coder to take part.

Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the Web, recently unveiled Solid, a new initiative to try to give people control over their data:

Berners-Lee's article:

Solid official site:

Any thoughts on this?

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The #Linux app is out now! :linux:

Version 1.0 has the basics:

* Simple editor
* Auto-saving single draft
* Choose between three fonts (serif, sans-serif, monospace)
* Dark mode (on platforms that support it)
* Save draft as another file
* Publish anonymously to :writeas: and manage posts via the CLI

Download / install it here:

Get the code here:

Read more: @blog

#WriteAs #DesktopApp #FOSS #FLOSS is a quiet site where you can watch nice films without any distractions or tracking:

All of the movies are creative commons or public domain titles, embedded from either PeerTube or (There are no YouTube titles due to YT's invasive privacy policies.)

The selection is still very small as we've just started, and we're trying to avoid the "firehose" approach of

Post a reply if you have suggestions for films to be added.

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Last toot of the day.

If you trust me and can afford to drop a couple of cents every month please consider my liberapay account:

or patreon

Thank you :underheart:

Anyone knows any examples of nicely designed comment-tree sections? #needhelp #design

Hello users!

I'm trying to find legally-uploaded films (long and short) on PeerTube. Do you know any?

They can be fiction or documentary, modern or classic, but they must be legal uploads (i.e. public domain, creative commons or with permission of the creator).

Ok, thanks for all the feedback!

Results seem to be so good that I've gone ahead and replaced the YouTube embedded video with a PeerTube one:

Thank you to @Chocobozzz and the other PT developers for creating this wonderful platform!

I'm testing embedding PeerTube videos on, any feedback would be great.

Does it play ok for you? Also, is the size ok, or is it too small or too large?

I've had weird results, it seems to play much better in the embed than on the PeerTube site itself :)

Does anyone know if there's a copy of the "What is Mastodon?" animation on ?

@Gargron @Nigma

As mentioned I've added some issues here and in the client

I need to mention that thanks to @prismo we have a discourse to talk about the projects issues and activitypub related stuff with projects like @pixelfed @funkwhale and @prismo

Feel free to reach me there with ideas, opinions or questions.

Hey there!

#Funkwhale has always missed a dedicated place for the community to discuss. Of course, we have our matrix rooms, but it's not well suited for structured conversations between multiple people.

Thanks to @prismo, we now have a dedicated forum at! also hosts other projects such as PixelFed or Anfora, it will make it easier for everyone to get involve and to collaborate and fediverse projects :)

Have fun!

There was a lot of interest in , so should also mention the messaging app :

It works in a similar way, without needing any servers or internet connection:

Good news - yesterday i managed to implement a federated comments! We're getting really close to first official release 😱

Meanwhile - did you know you can have a real impact on development process (without having the programming skills) by joining our discourse forum and taking the floor?

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Mastodon is a microblogging site that federates with most instances on the Fediverse.