There is No Algorithm for Truth - with Tom Scott
The Digital Human – Terry A. Davis and Temple OS
(submitted by bkq)
We are getting asked about "verified accounts" quite often recently, so lets try to clear this up: There are no verified accounts on Mastodon like there are on Twitter. Some Mastodon instances have a custom emoji that looks like the verified icon on Twitter and people put that in their display name, probably because it looks fancy. It does not mean anything though.
Also, it’s recently come to light that twitter employees abused their access to help foreign governments.
The fediverse is small and “nichey”, but we should be cognizant that our activity is most likely being collect and analyzed for various purposes.