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The query to find accounts for MEPs has been updated on our frontpage:$8

It now includes languages and political groups so that you can more easily find accounts you want to follow (or mute!).

Pinned post has launched! We want to make it easier to join the policy discourse on the .

For now we just mirror on about 1500 accounts of EU officials and MEPs as listed by Wikidata and

Example topics:

Special thanks to @mastohost for the excellent service and @robertoszek for being so helpful with / .

I was introducing someone I know to #Mastodon a few years back, starting with:
"So let's find a server that suits your niche interests. What are you looking for?"
...thinking that I knew all the fedi communities pretty well.

They responded cheekily "Is there a european-foreign-policy server?"

Of course I came up short, and they ended up making an account on a generalist server.

But fedi has grown a lot since!
So happy that, and exist 🔥

accounts now have over 70,000 followers (not unique).

Under the hood, Mastodon keeps track of many more users who for some reason interacted with our instance. Over time that becomes rather wasteful, so we've finally activated regular data purging. Such hygiene saves us 200 GB in storage.

Even better, we no longer have to worry about holding potentially personal data about thousands of users for no reason. Our policy now looks better.

Our source is broken again, we'll reconsider the alternatives. (Such as self-hosting or switching to a Nitter source.)

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A suggestion for whoever sent a report about 40 posts and 90 images without comment: don't. Focusing just on the 3 most egregious, ideally with a comment, would have been enough to get us to moderate the account as we did.

has been upgraded to Mastodon v3.5.9, a security release.

The upgrade was painless. Thank you and especially @Claire[@] for offering backports to pre-v4 releases and for the clear instructions.

While the details of CVE-2023-36459 have not been published yet, the title suggests the vulnerability may be exploitable even on an instance like ours where no third party can directly post anything.

[Annonce de service]

Notre service Nitter subit actuellement une interruption de service en raison de changements du côté de Twitter.
Le développeur de Nitter est au courant, nous vous tiendrons informé·es de l’évolution de la situation.

To reduce truncation errors, we caved and increased the character limit for posts to 2000 characters.

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mirrors are catching up on the recent posts, using RSS input for the ever-wonderful .

We're only able to get the 20 most recent posts from , so any account which posted more than that in the past ~2 weeks will have some posts missing. Some posts also get a bit messed up in the data conversion, so please be patient. (Most issues are already reported upstream.)

Please send patches or donations at!

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So it finally happened. The access used to update was cut off, all requests get an HTTP 401 response. Some discussion at

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Due to the growth of the , which may have passed 10 million registered users depending how you count, we had to update our () disclosures.

Other possibilities exist. The principle of least astonishment could be a guiding factor:

We could mark posts from certain accounts unlisted if they regularly post to hashtags in ways which don't belong.

We could also forcefully add CWs to posts, but so far we don't. It's hard to come up with a CW which would be applicable for all accounts, or for entire classes of accounts equally. A catch-all CW like "From birdsite 🐦" is broadly correct but also potentially unhelpful.

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Some accounts with no followers are sometimes considered problematic too, even though they're hard to find. Someone may accidentally stumble on something they were not prepared for.

I've surveyed a few accounts from known-controversial quarters and I've marked a few as forced-sensitive. I've also disabled mirroring RTs where they're mostly not about EU policy.

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The has a page on "Appropriate behaviour rules":

The Rules of Procedure, at Rule 10(1), state that:

«The conduct of Members shall be characterised by mutual respect and shall be based on the values and principles laid down in the Treaties, and particularly in the Charter of Fundamental Rights. Members shall respect Parliament’s dignity and shall not harm its reputation.»

Rule 176 deals with sanctions.

Another account seems to convey generic anti-establishment messaging. Its videos were not reported but I've made them forced sensitive.

Reports with specific clarifications on why a post is problematic are very welcome. (Often posts walk a fine line on topics like immigration, promotion of diversity.)

It's less helpful to send reports with no comments, about no specific posts or about generic policy disagreements (such as reporting anti-renewables posts, generic snipes against other parties).

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I've reviewed incoming reports about a couple accounts, possibly triggered by one of them getting one (1) follower on

The most serious report was about a probably transphobic post. On the fediverse it would at least need a CW for offensive content, discussion of state violence. The account is now limited.

To understand better, I'd like a private discussion with someone (preferably trans) who knows German and is up to date with current trans policy discussions in Germany.

An alternative list of accounts is now also linked, with the names of national parties and citizenships.

People sometimes have strong opinions about specific national parties but not necessarily about the European Parliament groups.

Easier lists should make it easier also for moderators of other instances to apply account-level blocks as needed according to their rules (which sometimes don't map easily to EU-level concepts).

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