2: It is, but during times of chaos and unexpected growth, people do not see that.
Those users (broadly speaking here):
- Had a carefully curated cluster of friends on Twitter who Weren't Shitty
- Came to Masto to see if it's gonna require less curation work on their part
- Something like noagenda happens
- They see a long discussion about freeze peach
And they felt like they knew where that discussion was going -- the same place it went with Twitter. Nowhere. Which means they'd just have to start over collecting Not Shitty people.
Hence, they skip back to the devil they know, instead of the unfamiliar angel in the devil costume, to mangle the metaphor.
Trust is way more fragile for some folks than for others. It's not necessarily something fixable in retrospect, only in terms of how things are dealt with going forward, though. (IMO, obviously.)
3: Same deal on point A, point B ('too white') is way too complex for me to try to get into in this context.
5: Unfortunate, but also avoidable with growing pains.
6: Unavoidable as all social media is actually bad, and sometimes people will figure it out!