Decentralized Systems Are Most Attractive to Outcasts of Other Systems

One issue with decentralized systems is that, from the onset, such systems are most appealing to outcasts of other systems. These outcast groups are more extreme (political views, illicit activity) than those using mainstream systems. This can be an impediment to development and growth of a network.

An example of this is free speech absolutists who are banned from a centralized system like Twitter for harmful content. They naturally flock to a decentralized system to evade censorship (like Mastodon) thereby flooding the new decentralized system with content that repels mainstream users and hinders adoption (Mastodon has unfortunately found a niche with the far-right).

Read The Promise and Paradox of Decentralization by Byrne Hobart.

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