We have been made aware of the fact that Yesmap's (now disabled) Matrix server was entered under false pretenses by the hostile editor of a supposed "MAP" website some months ago. While some screenshots/logs have been shared (including those of members suffering from mental-health and legal problems), no personally identifying information has been leaked. We are currently compiling a dossier of malicious and criminal activity we believe the publishers of this website are responsible for, and will soon publish and promote it.

PCMA

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Basic PCMA logo, at around the point it became an independent group

The Pro-c MAP Activist (PCMA, f. April 2022) chat is a presently active, radically pro-c, Matrix-federated MAP Activist workgroup and political organization. It was formerly associated with the Yesmap server funded by Newgon.

PCMA is responsible for various online controversies, usually involving the mobilization of conservative outrage via psychological manipulation on platforms such as X (Twitter). Members of the workgroup offer live support and knowledge to others, and collaborate to make phone verification, cryptocurrency and account-creation services more widely available.

PCMA members have been described as trolls who use sock accounts to achieve their ends, but have employed a variety of tactics including arguing at length with members of the public, and impersonating antis in order to lose debates and project bad optics.

In 2023, PCMA and the Yesmap server, having achieved most of its publicity goals via the prior strategy, each moved independently towards a model of increasing visibility via community-building efforts such as expansion of the Fediverse.

Controversy

PCMA call to action, 2022

PCMA (and some of its predecessors) have been criticized, mainly by anarcho-communist MAPs, for tolerating controversial, or heterodox debating topics (various spaces and rooms have been created to distance debates from functioning of the workgroup). Some members have also sought to mobilize "chan culture", i.e. adapting to the cultural norms of chansites in order to recast MAP talking points positively within said communities.

Yesmap server users have set up differing spaces as a result of disagreements, embracing both leftist and libertarian philosophies, but no such group has thusfar been as active as PCMA in terms of offsite tactical operations.

Independence

In 2023, discussions on PCMA took a turn towards the political, and offsite operations waned. This followed attempts by Pediverse users to disrupt the activities of the group, which had some indirect success in that PCMA became more factional and less active as a workgroup.

PCMA then sought to become more independent of Newgon by hosting its own Matrix server, as Yesmap's server moved towards a model based upon social Fediverse hosting rather than chat support. While it has no remaining official link, Newgon maintains an interest in moderating standards of discourse in the group, and deradicalizing new members where necessary.

Predecessors

A previous group called Zed existed on Matrix, sharing some members in common. The same can be said for the Greyzone Matrix chat, in its various incarnations.

A discord group by the name of Handsome Jack's Boys existed in 2021, with nearly all of its members moving over to the more secure Matrix in 2022, following Newgon's support of the initiative. Eventually, a Yesmap server was paid for by Newgon to secure the newly-named PCMA - which was piggybacking on the Midov server.

Many of PCMA's members were active together on the first edition of FreeSpeechTube.

Public statements of the group

Owing to its discreet nature, and history carrying out covert operations, the group has erred on the side of caution when making public statements. Only one such example exists.

Joining the workgroup

See also