So, I had moved my Peertube activities to Makertube, and tried to ping your Mastodon accounts multiple times in the last 6 days to understand the policies better, but to no avail yet (1, 2)
To paraphrase what I said in those threads:
1 week ago, Jyoti Mishra mentioned their video entitled Derby Palestine Solidarity Demo was blacklisted on Makertube:
They’re a SoS writer and have a pretty big reach for Mastodon, and they immediately jumped to Twitteresque outrage without tagging you first, not a fan of that, so I deleted a pair of replies I sent them.
And also, it was not clear to what extent they were an established user of Makertube, with an extant history of participating as a member of the DIY community.
But it’s concerning. The rules didn’t really give us clear expectations those kind of videos wouldn’t be acceptable. Makertube is for a specific community (“makers, musicians, artists and DIY”, I’m all of those), but never sets out clear expectations how much every single video has to be on topic.
I see there’s a Makertube account, for example, that mostly posts gaming videos, but also posts about the costumes they presumably craft. By proportions, the account is mostly off-topic, but the user is nonetheless clearly a member of the DIY/maker community.
Which makes me wonder, was it about the specifics of the politics?
As much as I wish it weren’t the case, my mere participation in diy synthesizers as a very blatantly trans person is inherently political. Even if the lyrics of my music were not as political as they are, to simply sing with my vocal register or show my face, and juxtapose it to the name I chose for myself, is political, in that it pisses off right-wingers and liberals.
The songs I’m writing deal directly with identity, reclaim slurs used against people like me, and take confrontational stances.
I’m pretty damn far left and on the record supporting Palestine liberation, among many other things. Basic punk stuff really, musicians are like that.
Video hosting is a load-bearing pillar of my promo as an artist: hearing that a random video supportive of Palestine can just go poof on Makertube means YouTube is much safer for me. They may show ads and have frivolous copyright bullying and every other problem with corporate platforms, but they don’t delete things for being political. I’d be sad if it’s the end of the Peertube experiment for me.