Just a personal view as it is part of this thread to criticizing the shortening and reducing complexity to fit on a small message: The best example of this is and stays Diaspora. An anti-social network being free and libre, using decentralization in a short-term to "share" postings and comments. While I personally like the basic ideas and I had a long time for about three years participating, I cannot be clear enough as of today: Those so-called free networks are just more of the same!
Yes, there are some interesting articles and discussions from time to time. But you can use this without any further login. And speaking from two sides now. Technically you are neither free nor independent when using Diaspora:
Where is the server with all appliances hosted?
What about other participants sharing content from proprietary services including everything else like trackers?
What about other nodes where proprietary services are included?
But that's just a short list about the technical part, besides when not part of a decentralized network you can also create your own with pure and simplified HTML. There are enough projects out making this possible, also without further dependencies for example Ruby, Redis or even more to be installed. The issue with the installation itself? The more complex a system becomes the more failures can occur and Mastodon is another but good example, besides using also packages like nodejs.
And there is also the social component as Diaspora has a really long history with participants sharing just pure hatred, harassment or even more worse things and thoughts like antisemitic dogwhistles, racism, homophobe pictures, transphobe claims and sexism at the highest levels possible. The problem lies within the claim freedom of speech and believe me or not: You cannot discuss with those people. It is impossible and trying to create a safe space is the same there. Most time I've tried to discuss with people, writing thoughts like I do now here within this thread, also with pilosophical touch and not with the claim to know everything. But this was ignored and also with countering arguments against hatred. Ignoring hatred and harassment is even more worse as this a direct influence to the group and furthermore the global society outside as false information don't stay there in a closed bubble. This is carried outside like I've said before in the previous posting: An inclusive language is based on reflection and you cannot reach reflection with the habit of just being an "influencer" or participant of anti-social networks with the hunt for highscores and numbers instead. So those systems are more of the same false paradigm - they even copy this instead creating their own rules and a phrase like be excellent to each other won't stop demagogues, racists or sexists as they think being "excellent" - and many people looking away when hatred is posted. Not all, of course. But fighting this from within won't help! Either you fail completely, including depressive and misanthropic thoughts, or you stay also on some kind of hunting for highscores - I came to the conclusion not using those systems and services, wether being free, libre or not as they don't really help and instead make it even more worse. The only effect is: You can see hatred and harassment getting more intense and this is just helpful getting more into an own reflection creating an anti-thesis to "social influence", being not like this and questioning yourself - but this doesn't help the victims of harassment created also throughout those "services" as the proprietary ones live on with intense emotions like hate (disgusting but that's a big problem of our times).
Therefore just anti-social networks, either free or proprietary making no further difference in the end and yes I know this seems unfair and reducing from myself, but I'm doing this with a concrete background and knowledge. In the end you can also just use other systems when you want articles and information from portals all over the world, as there are news-aggregators available for example. And come on: Only because you like one article posted by a person you don't know makes the next posting with perhaps any antisemitic dogwhistling or picture not better, even more worse when you don't step up and ignore it by yourself as you do exactly in the moment without commenting and trying to use concrete counter arguments for the false claims. This would be then the first one and I assure you: There will be more after an amount of time. You want to make a difference - okay, you are reading here and reached out for this distribution and website, so I think you want: Create your own ones, real socializing does not need algorithms or in the wording "followers" and software can be helpful but not with being some copied paradigm because the people want to be free of criticism (that's not freedom of speech by the way) and the demagogues know this: That's the reasoning for them to multiply effects with usage of those free anti-social networks and pretending to be just another participant while not willing to discuss anything.
Human being in favor with clear principles and so also for freedom in soft- and hardware!
Certainly anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices: For a life of every being full with peace and kindness, including diversity and freedom. Capitalism is destroying our minds, the planet itself and the universe in the end!