I think, you're missing an important point: Liking posts at least on Mastodon and Pixelfed doesn't boost anything as the developers deliberately removed anything that my play into these (dark) patterns of the attention economy.
Liking (or favouriting) posts only sets flags for the author and the users that liked the post. There are no algorithms that somehow boost them in any way.
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