Financial Times closes its Mastodon Server: "We tried to run a social media site and it was awful" "Mastodon has proved more hassle than it’s worth", concludes the FT team behind Alphaville instance. The legal as well as technical sides are a nightmare, as the article lists up all the problems and insecurities.
Some of the Reasons by FT - read the article for details:
- Compliance, security and reputational risks for the company running the server
- The legal side: server owners might become responsible for their users’ content & lawyers are literally everywhere
- GDPR, Digital Millennium Copyright Act, CAN-SPAM, … - know all the relevant global laws and regulations?!
- Daily backups, layer caching, downtime monitoring, load balancing, and server costs. … and more.
None of the things just referenced are fun.
"As we said back in November, Alphaville.club was an unofficial thing that would live or die on its own merits. Turns out it’s “die” — but as failed experiments go, this one hasn’t cost anyone $44bn. That’s something, relatively."