Admin team of LGBTQIA.Social Mastodon instance received abuse email from Russian censorship agency, where they demanded to remove an account. The account in question represented a small group that ran a collaborative blog for LGBTQIA youth and adults in Russia.

Shortly after refusal to comply with agency’s demands, the instance was blocked and is now unreachable from Russia.

All previous blocks of Fediverse instaces in Russia were related to hosting CSAM.

  • @NateNate60
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    I feel the best way to deal with this type of crap is to pretend like they’re some unimportant random person.

    Hello. A request has been created. A member of our staff will respond to your enquiry within 10 working days.

    Do not respond at all. When they send another email, auto-reply with the same message. Then reply this after their third email:

    We have detected an unusually large number of enquiries sent from your IP address. To prevent spam, further emails will be filtered. If this is in error, please write to P.O. Box 12345, Somewhere, Some Country.

    The P.O. box number given doesn’t exist. But international mail is slow so it will take them two months to realise that.

    • cabbage
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      622 months ago

      Obviously they won’t give too much of a shit and they’re not going to send any mail, they’ll just block the server like they would anyway. They are, however, going to be annoyed to be treated as insignificant nobodies. So all in all not a bad idea.

      • @kautau
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        192 months ago

        “Do you even know who my dad dictator is”

  • @[email protected]
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    322 months ago

    But blocking the instance at the DNS level does not stop the content from reaching other Russian instances, right? They would have to basically track every server that is federating with them and block like this.

    • CyberTailorOP
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      212 months ago

      Instances hosted in Russia can’t federate with lgbtqia.space anymore.

      • vortic
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        2 months ago

        Other instances hosted outside of Russia but available from inside Russia can still federated with them, though, right?

          • Aniki 🌱🌿
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            132 months ago

            Yeah this seems like a total misunderstanding of how activitypub works from the orks. Not surprising a bunch of fascist idiots don’t understand modern federation technology.

      • @[email protected]
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        132 months ago

        You could fix it with a relay, or having the instances conn extend with the rest of the Internet through a VPN/proxy.

        Yeah, a PITA but can still be worked around.

      • @[email protected]
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        72 months ago

        If it’s a DNS block I guess Russian instances just need to direct the domain to the IP address in their hosts file

        • CyberTailorOP
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          92 months ago

          It’s always IP + DNS + Deep Packet Inspection. To access blocked websites, you have to use some sort of proxying.

      • cabbage
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        32 months ago

        Curious - would boosts from users on non-blocked servers bypass the block here? In other words, does traffic for boosts go via the original instance, or is it direct between the boosting and the receiving servers?

        • CyberTailorOP
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          42 months ago

          does traffic for boosts go via the original instance

          That way. You can’t trust a third-party instance to proxy content, every server has to get its own copy.

          • cabbage
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            62 months ago

            Fair point, would be an incredibly easy vector for abuse in any other way. Good thing I’m not a software engineer.

    • CyberTailorOP
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      72 months ago

      don’t give them ideas

      • @[email protected]
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        112 months ago

        They know it already.

        Anyway, it is interesting that this particular case is better handled by something like Nostr.