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Re: federated free software movement

From: Paul Sutton
Subject: Re: federated free software movement
Date: Tue, 23 Nov 2021 21:24:48 +0000

On 23/11/2021 21:05, Dennis Payne wrote:
On Tue, 2021-11-23 at 18:02 +0000, Paul Sutton via libreplanet-discuss
I think this may be it


I can't help but feel this is impossible to implement. It relies on the
same blind faith in technology that facebook has used to justify doing
nothing about the misinformation.

Stallman specifically mentions that holocaust denial would be allowed
but that endorsements/peer review would allow people to evaluate the
truthfulness of the article. Then says modified version would lose all
endorsements. So if people keep adding useful information to an
article, it might keep losing all it's endorsements. Holocaust denial
might appear to have more endorsements in that situation. Even if have
some way to handle that, not all endorsements are equal. If 20 medical
doctors are saying people are getting sick because of X and 50
employees from company that makes X say the cause is undetermined, I
think I'd trust the doctors.

If you can make it, more power to you.

I think you raise a good point here and their project is the sort of thing we need, so that we can promote proper research, debate and evidence backed research.

Holocaust denial is illegal in some countries anyway.

The last thing we want is people having a platform to post anything they want, regardless of where that information comes from and to do so with impunity.

If someone posts an article and a credible person endorses that article, then the article is modified and the person endorsing it, does not notice (people are busy, after all) it may look like they have endorsed the new version, that could easily cost people their jobs, careers and reputation.

Or they could be easily linked (given people fail to fact check anyway) to an article, same result loss of reputation, career and job.

They could then sue the person who owns the website, and give free software is also about transparency, then that information would NOT be hidden from public view.


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