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If you create a network that automatically blacklists sites that follow a certain ideology, even if everyone forks your source code, with you having the monopoly on software, then essentially it becomes a kind of "Covert Centralized Authority" until those people decide to eliminate that automated protocol.

Code enforced complaint for TOS is not a full proof design. And can lead to abuse.

A bit like, even if the Catholic Church can't personally dictate national policy, that there are multiple churches using the same religion, effectively makes the decentralization of the protocol basically a moot point.

Servers are sort of like this today, especially if not community-run.

#servers #hosting