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fediverse meta, pol, be on your guard 

between:

- trumpian fash being banned on neolib social media and looking for new online spaces
- strange bots posing as trans women and reposting popular reddit content
- upsurge of kiwifarms pleroma activity

it seems like the fedi is an unsafer space as of now, and that (more than usual) one shouldn't assume good faith just because somebody has pronouns in bio and light side keywords. it's one thing to deal with tech libertarians and obvious fash trolls, another with kf infiltrators.

will be leaving my alts locked for now and using locked posts more. I'd recommend being extra careful posting any sort of exploitable content.

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fediverse meta, pol, be on your guard 

@elilla I saw someone spun up an unmoderated version of traabot a little while ago. Are there others now?

fediverse meta, pol, be on your guard 

@ghost_bird had someone who looked like a normal girl @ me with a strange contextless datum about covid. looked it up, it was copied from a newspaper article. the whole profile was reposted popular content from r/pics and the like, sometimes @-ing seemingly random profiles (including benign, clearly marked joke bots)

fediverse meta, pol, be on your guard 

@elilla Interesting. I’ll keep an eye out for that.

fediverse meta, pol, be on your guard 

@elilla they've had that particular instance going for a while

but yeah, make sure to turn on follow requests and be mindful of your posts visibility settings, and couldn't hurt to do a review of who's already following, what sort of content they post.

fediverse meta, pol, be on your guard 

@toydragon I've heard the instance been around, but I got follow requests (on private alt no less) this morning. might be a coincidence but...

fediverse meta, pol, be on your guard 

@elilla apparently kiwi sets up a forwarder to the instance when their forum goes down

so each time the forum goes down, there's an influx of new users

fediverse meta, pol, be on your guard 

@elilla as an admin heads up type of thing, it's a good idea to check the instant block lists of instances you trust

You can oft find some bad actor instances you never knew existed that way

If an instance has its block list published, it can be found at https://[INSTANCE-URL]/about/more

re: fediverse meta, pol, be on your guard 

@elilla Thanks for posting this. Good points.

I already have my account locked, but I think I'll be posting more followers-only toots for the next few months.

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