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@xrevan86 @kaniini @keithzg its why i wish mastodon app devs wouldn't hardcode instances blocking or preventing people to login instances they don't like. because i thought in opensource and freesoftware is a no no.
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@1iceloops123 @kaniini @xrevan86

There's a larger debate to be had there (I don't think it's so black and white, personally), but the practical reality is that Gab has had its apps removed from mobile app stores before, and repeatedly and consistently enough that they've given up trying to publish them. Any Fediverse app devs that don't end up blocking Gab's instance(s) seem quite at risk of being removed too.

@keithzg @kaniini But do Play Store and Apple Store even care if the user has to type the URL themselves?
I think the only thing application developers have to do is not "feature" Gab as an option.
Like AndStatus has some predefined instances, if there were Gab there, that'd be a motive for Google to remove it from Play Store.
@keithzg @kaniini If Play Store really were requiring blocking certain domains, we'd know by not being able to access certain sites from web browsers downloaded from there (for reasons other than Roskomnadzor).
@keithzg
>There's a larger debate to be had there
I consider this to be part of the fundamentals of free software, something that is inalienable. You don't forbid someone from using free software.
Because when that line is crossed ? Where is it going to go next ? Are you gonna forbids all non desired users from using a specific distribution ? Or software ? Are you gonna begin to make a listing or buy data to know which IPs are on your side of your political views ?
There are reasons for why these sort of decisions are not used/liked, one of them is because it's a slippery slop and the emergence of Mastodon is a good enough example of that slippery slop.

>Any Fediverse app devs that don't end up blocking Gab's instance(s) seem quite at risk of being removed too.
That's a fallacious reasoning. If I had to apply the same logic to it then all web browsers should ban gab URLs. The gab app was designed to only connect to gab not to something else.

@xrevan86
>I think the only thing application developers have to do is not "feature" Gab as an option.
You are correct.

@mangeurdenuage @xrevan86
I hate to be the one to break it to y'all, but app stores, as it turns out, don't actually follow consistent and airtight rules, neither practically nor philosophically.

Yes, I'm aware of that it's a private corporation.
@keithzg @mangeurdenuage It's not like they've stated their demands either, at this point it's just developers taking the initiative implementing domain blocks.
I hope no one outside of the !fediverse will notice and take this as a precedent for good practice.
@xrevan86 @keithzg
>It's not like they've stated their demands either
>t it's just developers taking the initiative
Indeed.

>I hope no one outside of the !fediverse will notice and take this as a precedent for good practice.
I hope too, this would be catastrophic, there's already so much to do in the free software movement, if this sort of decisions adds up it won't help us at all.