Scores of Twitter users can be seen migrating towards a not so famous social media platform which is named Mastodon. As a number of users are not satisfied with the policies of micro-blogging site Twitter in consideration to suspension and verification of different accounts. Previously Twitter users showed their rage as they said that the Twitter policies are not democratic.
The situation worsened due to the suspension of Supreme Court Lawyer Sanjay Hegde’s Twitter account. He was alleged of violating Twitter rules against utilizing sensitive or extremely hateful content. Sanjay Hegde’s account was firstly suspended due to an image uploaded by him and after that, it was done due to a poem retweeted by him on the micro-blogging platform.
Users are so furious on this that they even termed Twitter as casteist after Twitter accounts of well-known intellectuals from the DBA communities including Dalit, Bahujan, and Adivasi were removed from the micro-blogging site without any valid justification. Twitter clarified the thing and said that it never does anything based on any particular ideology or political viewpoint. This backlash on Twitter has made Indian users to migrate towards open-source social networking site Mastadon.
What is Mastodon?
Mastodon is basically a free open-source social networking platform which has been created by German coder Eugen Rochko in the year 2016. Social networking platforms like Facebook, Twitter, etc are hosted on a single server and are controlled by an entity, but the case for Mastodon is different, it is an open platform that allows people to create their own servers and communities.
How it is different from Facebook, Twitter?
Users need to share the data while creating a profile on Facebook or Twitter. If the user wants to interact with other users, then also they need to be on Facebook or Twitter and follow the rules and norms decided by the organization running the particular social networking platform. In the case of Mastodon, users are free to create their own servers of Mastodon which clearly means that it is not owned by a single company and individual servers on the platform have their own set of rules and norms. Every new server on the platform is known as an instance. All the instances are owned, operated and modified by the particular community that creates the instance. Users can also follow users from other instances too, it is known as a federated social network.