Nov 8, 2019

Why are India's Twitter users moving to Mastodon?

A number of Indian Twitter users, including "Influencers", are leaving the social media network for a little known alternative called Mastodon. Regular Twitter users as well as technology experts say the platform has a blemished history when it comes to moderating content in India. A recent report from the Committee to Protect Journalists found that Twitter removed nearly a million tweets and blocked around 100 accounts in India as part of their "Country withheld" policy. Mastodon is an open source network, where users can post, comment, follow other users and publish images and videos like on a conventional platform. While many have hailed Mastodon as a great alternative to Twitter, some have pointed out that its not as easy to use, which means its unlikely that Mastodon is going to take over - even in the long term.

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