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MeWe: A trip report

The alt-right darling moderation-free online site is back in the news, along with neonazi Gab and funded Parler, it's emerged as a Facebook/Twitter alternative, again.

I'd done an exploration of the site two years ago as was shutting down

old.reddit.com/r/plexodus/comm

Among other highlights:

Advisors

  • Sir Tim Berners-Lee: Inventor of the World Wide Web.
  • Cullen Hoback: Director, Terms and Conditions May Apply.
  • Sherry Turkle: Professor, MIT; author Alone Together.

Groups

Partial category listing, top-listed groups within each.
(Members in parenthesis)

  • Activism: QAnon+++ (2,572), PATRIOT PREPPERS USA (2,430), Deplorables Republic (2,48), The War Drummer (1,898), Patriots for a United America. (1894), Anonymous (1,700).

  • Education: Q-Anon Patriots (1,616), InfoWars.com (1,217), Constitutional Liberty for All (907), Prepping, Homesteads skills and Community (887), Shamanic Community (756), Truther Talk (665).

  • Fraternities: Freemasonry (1072), Brotherhood of the Blade (313), Proud Boys Canada (74).

  • History: 9/11, False Flags, & NWO Truth (1,872), The American Cowboy (1,065), "This Day in History" by Tara Ross (590).

  • News: Judge Jeanine Pirro has Fans (7,808), Qanon News (3,466), Unfiltered News (2,913).

  • Politics: Donald J. Trump 2016 - Present (11,486), The Conservative's Hangout (8,345), Qanon Follow The White Rabbit (5,600), Drain The Swamp (4,978), Libertarians (4,528), United We Stand Trump2020 (4,216).

  • Recreation: Everything Reloading (3,252), Redeye Reloading (1,980), Fishing (1,549).

  • Self-Directed Learning: Exposing the Matrix of Lies (997), WAKE THE FUCK UP (474), Wake the Fuck Up. The Next Dimension (287). WTFU when SHTF (126).

  • Social Change: Armed with Truth and Knowledge (1,986), VEGANS UNITE (766), ACTIVISM universal headlines ~❉~ (729), Meet Earth's Cosmic Neighbors (MECN) (663).

This is only a partial sampling.

@dredmorbius TBL is now on the advisory board of an alt-right socnet?

We live in strange times.

@dredmorbius I can't keep up. I thought gab using activitypub and loosely attached to the fediverse with a million users? Have they switched?

@simon I think Gab's now left Mastodon, though I can't find a reference.

@dredmorbius
And yet, the design of MeWe is such that I've seen none of that in the last years.

This is important.

MeWe, unlike *any other* platform, completely hides you from anyone and anything you don't connect with. What's good for the alt right (unfortunately it is) is also good for everyone else there.

I don't think I've seen anything that feels more like a safe space in years, due to the connections I chose.

@jens And not seeing it means its somehow not present, not tolerated, or not proof of a massive political, ideological, nationalistic, and fascist bias of the platform?

Again: what I reported on is what's highly evident if you start looking around in the slightest.

@dredmorbius Not at all.

You're just describing one side of the coin. I could find the exact same description for the fediverse. I moved to my own instance because within days of joining, I was censored on a mainstream instance for calling out an alt-right account.

It's always worth looking at the upside of things as well as the downsides. The fediverse gives you a choice of instances - MeWe gives you a choice of isolation.

@jens MeWe is indifferent to fascism.

Mastodon and the Fediverse are not.

Why are you defending fascists?

@dredmorbius Oh man 🤦‍♂️

This. This is why we can't have nice things.

Read a couple of times, if understanding doesn't hit you then, I can't do anything to help you.

@dredmorbius @jens Out of all the things that appear in this thread, the thing that's most concerning is that this comment is apparently not satire.

@dredmorbius What a timely report! My parents' friends are trying to lure them to these platforms and I had only heard of Parler, so I'm glad to know it's exactly the same but potentially worse.

@dredmorbius I'm not a giant fan of #MeWe, the RPG groups are spammy and conversations are very ephemeral, but it's a public forum, not right-wing or left-wing.

Not everything is performative morality. Posting wrongthink isn't cause to send someone to the gulags.

If you look for the left-wing forums, I'm sure it has many there, too; though ironically those are mostly on Facebook, which really is run by a right-wing ideologue.

@mdhughes

If you look for the left-wing forums, I'm sure it has many there, too

Read the fucking link. I did. It doesn't.

@dredmorbius That's years obsolete data.

I look at all groups now, the politics category has everything from "Berners for Progress", multiple Green Party, some independent groups, and a ton of right-wing groups.

There's also a ton of other non-political groups, like Bourbon Aficionados with 2764 members, more than most of the political groups.

@dredmorbius

Sir Tim Berners-Lee: Inventor of the World Wide Web.

:blobcat0_0:​ Is there some dimension of Tim that I'm unaware of here?

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