Public posts are gathered from the network from multiple collectors and indexed for search.
There’s multiple ways of opting out to the index:
Recommended/best way: set your account non indexable (meta tags),
- On Mastodon, this is the Opt-out of search engine indexing setting in Preferences > Other
- In your search.social account settings,
- Instance admins can put an instance-wide restrictive
Posts from non reachable instances will be removed from the index after around three months.
Opt-outs and deletions can take up to 48 hours to be effective in the search index.