Tiktok is such a horrifying app. People are constantly misspelling & enciphering necessary & neutral words like “ableism” and “death” just to attempt to bypass the omnipotent Algorithm. But it’s easy for even simple machine learning these days to get past such ciphers. So people have to make their videos less and less accessible so they don’t get put on a list of dissidents, or just sanitise what they say to please the capitalist overlords. What a dystopian vision of the internet.
Saw another awful thing TikTok’s been doing recently.
I am now of the opinion that it is impossible for a video-based free internet platform to exist without exploiting its users. The costs for storage and bandwidth are simply too high.
If my mastodon server with ~10 active users had videos instead of toots, instead of paying $20 a month I would be paying easily thousands of dollars — and that would only grow as more data had to be kept accessible and it grew in popularity.
@s0 So, I'm not on any corporate social media, therefore excuse my ignorance, but how is this different to any other network? Or Reddit et. al.? Isn't censorship bad everywhere?
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@adz I mean, lots of assholes cry 'censorship' about any level of moderation in social spaces. but specifically the degree of overt algorithm-sanitising of words/ideas which are specifically used by marginalised groups to address important issues, is more severe even than anything twitter has done so far imo.
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@s0 the fact that this is becoming a big thing in more than just 1 place (ie. youtube demonetizing and hiding videos that even mention words like queer or gay or the rest of the hidden blocklist) is so scary tbh
it feels like a whole another stage of capitalism
also the whole dmca nonsense but i guess that's only half-related
@s0 but storage is not _that_ expensive (depending on where you're buying it)?
Would these users generate a terabyte of data each? But even then it wouldn't be maybe $50 extra?
Or am I missing something?
@IngaLovinde ‘cloud storage’ is not cold (like a backup hard drive), but online, using electricity and computing resources as well, and the bandwidth to transfer that data. 10TB of media object storage from my hosting provider is in the hundreds of dollars, but the same 10TB in bandwidth is over a thousand.
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