Terms of service

Many thanks to mastodon.social, from whom I took/adapted many policies. The following guidelines are not a legal document, and final interpretation is up to the administration of freedomtothink.social; they are here to provide you with an insight into our content moderation policies. The following types of content may be removed from the public timeline:
  • Excessive advertising.
  • Pornography and sexually explicit content.
  • Gore and extremely graphic violence.
The following types of content may be removed from the public timeline, and may result in account suspension and revocation of access to the service:
  • Racism or advocation of racism.
  • Sexism or advocation of sexism.
  • Discrimination against and/or harassment of ANY group or individual - as seen fit by moderators.
  • Violent nationalism, political rhetoric, or general mob-speak (from the right, left, or unexpectedly, the center).
The following types of content are explicitly disallowed and may result in revocation of access to the service:
  • Sexual depictions of children.
  • Content illegal in Germany and/or France, such as holocaust denial or Nazi symbolism.
  • Conduct promoting the ideology of any radical political ideology such as (but not limited to) Communism, Marxism, or National Socialism.
  • Any conduct intended to stalk or harass other users, or to impede other users from utilizing the service, or to degrade the performance of the service, or to harass other users, or to incite other users to perform any of the aforementioned actions, is also disallowed, and subject to punishment up to and including revocation of access to the service. This includes, but is not limited to, the following behaviors:
    • Continuing to engage in conversation with a user that has specifically has requested for said engagement with that user to cease and desist may be considered harassment, regardless of platform-specific privacy tools employed.
    • Aggregating, posting, and/or disseminating a person's demographic, personal, or private data without express permission (informally called doxing or dropping dox) may be considered harassment.
    • Inciting users to engage another user in continued interaction or discussion after a user has requested for said engagement with that user to cease and desist (informally called brigading or dogpiling) may be considered harassment.
  • Any sort of automated scraping of the site for user data whether for research or marketing purposes.
These provisions notwithstanding, the administration of the service reserves the right to revoke any user's access permissions, at any time, for any reason, except as limited by law.

Rights regarding content on freedomtothink.social

User-submitted content, including profile information, avatars, uploaded media, posted content, replies and any other information submitted to freedomtothink.social remain the property of the user who submits it (provided they owned it to begin with). Freedomtothink.social members and staff do not monetize or sell material posted here. As much as is legally possible given the nature of this service, it is the policy of freedomtothink.social that users retain complete creative and legal control of their own submitted material.

Bots and cross-posters

Freedomtothink.social does allow bots. Please see to it that your bots behave themselves and DO NOT SPAM our instance or from our instance. Failure to maintain any bots utilized on this instance will result in that bot being removed. Repeaters of RSS feeds or cross-posters from Twitter or other services are allowed, but only if they post to freedomtothink.social with the privacy setting set as Unlisted, so that your posts do not appear on the local timeline.

In case of downtime or data loss

While we strive to provide continuous service and avoid errors and data loss, freedomtothink.social is a hosted instance through a hosted instance provider and so cannot provide any guarantees regarding uptime and cannot be held responsible in the case that account data is lost or corrupted. It is recommended that you export your own data archive periodically. Backing up your account is your own responsibility. Users whose accounts are suspended for breaking our Community Standards will not be given an opportunity to download a copy of their archive.

Does freedomtothink.social use cookies?

Yes. Cookies are small files that a site or its service provider transfers to your computer's hard drive through your Web browser (if you allow). These cookies enable the site to recognize your browser and, if you have a registered account, associate it with your registered account. We use cookies to understand and save your preferences for future visits and compile aggregate data about site traffic and site interaction so that we can offer better site experiences and tools in the future.

Do we disclose any information to outside parties?

We do not sell, trade, or otherwise transfer to outside parties your personally identifiable information for marketing purposes or to generate revenue. We may release your information when we believe release is appropriate to comply with the law, enforce our site policies, or protect ours or others rights, property, or safety. We use masto.host for hosting.

Freedomtothink.social instance blocking policy

Freedomtothink.social will block/suspend other instances in cases such as the following:
  • Where we find an instance publishes material that is illegal for us to publish.
  • Where we find an instances we find consists entirely of spam-bots, follow-bots, or appears to be scraping the Fediverse or doing other potentially malicious data-mining.
  • Where we find another instance's policies are fundamentally at odds with those of Freedomtothink.social. Such blocking is at the sole discretion and interpretation of the instance owner and moderators.
  • Where we find the admin of another instance has abdicated responsibility for moderating their users' behavior, either in a public statement or on their instance "about" page.

In the spirit of decentralization, freedomtothink.social will silence instances we find with more than 10,000 members, unless they have closed registrations. Users of freedomtothink.social will still be able to search for and follow users on those instances, however they will not appear in our Federated Timeline.

Freedomtothink.social will block/suspend any instance launched, acquired, or funded by corporate entities as determined by the instance owner. Examples of such entities are, but are not limited to: Alphabet, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, Apple, and Amazon.

Freedomtothink.social

To define what Mastodon is, I will borrow from Wikipedia: "Mastodon is a free and open-source self-hosted social networking service. It allows anyone to host their own server node in the network, and its various separately operated user bases are federated across many different servers. These nodes are referred to as "instances" by Mastodon users." What you have found @ freedomtothink.social is one such instance of the greater Mastodon collective where the focus is on light moderation, no heavy-handed thought-policing, and the freedom to have a respectful conversation.