@celesteh there are many otherwise decent mutual aid type groups in my town who have become dependent on FB, despite often having indie websites of their own which they neglect as "too much work" to keep updating (they tend to be slow responding to emails as well, but are more often active on FB)
Facebook is great for mutual aid because it simultaneously helps create a desperate need for it while making money off the organising of it!
@celesteh TBH one big blocker (at least a few years ago) was the real name policy - I have ESEA (East and SE Asian) ancestry and a widely duplicated name (one Western given name and a Malaysian Chinese surname) so any "real name" social network leads to utter confusion as I am conflated with others (who may even share same hobbies and interests).
Consider the case of Andrew "Bunnie" Huang the electronics hacker, Andrew Huang the synthpop artist and Andrew Huang the music video director 😁
We are a Mastodon instance for LGBT+ and allies! ☺