Interesting times. I'm starting to see bits and pieces of Twitter-style spam on here.

Advocates for the federated model believe the improved moderator/user ratio will keep things from getting out of hand. I'm on the fence.

Until now, the lack of spam has been mostly a result of this being a niche, obscure, tiny part of the Internet. Spamming it wasn't worth the effort.

As the Fediverse grows, theories will be tested! Fingers crossed.

@HerraBRE what do you mean by twitter-style spam? i used twitter for a bit years ago and forgot my account, then tried to sign up somewhere last year and was immediately blocked for "suspicious activity" that could somehow only be fixed by giving them my phone # and firstborn son, so I'm not too familiar.

@joop Bots mentioning you with spam. Follows or likes just to get you to look at a profile with ads in pinned toots. Things like that.

@HerraBRE oh ok, i (thankfully) haven't seen anything like that here. on different (spam) instances or what?

@joop So far: Switter, I don't have a global view, this is just what I've seen. It's early days, the spammers are just testing the waters.

And the line between automated spam and people systematically self promoting gets pretty fuzzy sometimes.

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Switter is the most interesting case here, to me. A lot of the spam is individual people trying to quickly get their business back up to speed by engaging in the same behavior that worked on birdsite - collecting followers, following everyone as an ad, etc.

I can see Switter being silenced (not blocked) by most Mastodon instances if this behavior keeps up.

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