Bluesky, the chaotic and exclusive platform that allows users to post “errors and asses,” has recently announced a new rule: no heads of state allowed. This announcement was made due to the platform still being in beta, and the Bluesky team struggling to juggle moderation while trying to ship features.
The Bluesky Members
The Bluesky platform has already attracted a variety of high-profile members, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Sen. Brian Schatz, and Sen. Ron Wyden. Additionally, there are various celebrities on the platform, such as CNN’s Jake Tapper, filmmaker Rian Johnson, model Chrissy Teigen, and filmmaker Lilly Wachowski. However, the more high-profile members that join, the more moderation challenges the Bluesky team will face. For instance, when pundit Matt Yglesias joined, a user threatened to beat him up with hammers before a block button was available.
The New Rule
Although the motivation behind the new rule is understandable due to the difficulties of moderation, it is still unfortunate. Recently, the Bluesky users were exchanging sexy images of Alf, a sitcom puppet from a TV show that aired in the late 1980s. While it might be funny for some users, the Bluesky team has to ensure that the platform remains safe and free from inappropriate content. Therefore, the Bluesky team has decided to ban all heads of state from using the platform.
In conclusion, while the Bluesky platform has attracted many high-profile members, the Bluesky team has to ensure that the platform remains safe and free from inappropriate content. Therefore, the new rule of banning all heads of state from using the platform is understandable, but it’s still unfortunate.