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Google: Possible removal of fediverse applications due to hate speech

Η Google has intensified its fight against hate speech, but there are concerns that it may be aggressive.

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Google: Possible removal of fediverse applications due to hate speech

As the Private Internet Access, Google has warned that it will remove many applications "fediverse"(groups interconnected servers used for online publication) by Play Store for alleged reproduction hate speech. Many titles Android As the FedilabThe Husky and Subway Tooter, help users connect with content hatred created by users, and promotes discrimination.

Critics have argued that Google is excessive. The applications require you to enter an address to visit a given fediverse, according to Eugen, a developer behind the social network Mastodon based on fediverse. Theoretically, this is not much different from removing a browser for the ability to visit websites that promote racist content.

"The servers that host the content are responsible," said Eugen. customers used for access on these servers. ”

Such an action on the part of Google is not much of a surprise. Some fediverses are popular among hate groups who have been banned from general social networks or have not had access to basic services. The Gab, a social network that built its reputation for hate speech tolerance, changed a feediverse using a bifurcated version of Mastodon after losing its provider, access to PayPal and other tools he used to operate it. It is not clear if Google is targeting Gab, but it could be a potential target.

Google: Possible removal of fediverse applications due to hate speech

There is also concern that Google could harm innocent attendees and overlook fediverses' efforts to keep hate speech off their platforms.

Mastodon operators blocked Gab's movement and blocked it domains to prevent interactions.

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