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Mastodon cashing in on Twitter’s failings

Mastodon is a Germany-based open source social network site.
BENGALURU: Mastodon, a Germany-based open source social network site that has seen a surge of users from India in recent weeks after rival Twitter was accused of discrimination, has added “casteism and advocation of casteism” to the list of explicitly prohibited offenses. Many activists have started propagating Mastodon as an alternative to Twitter.

The social network told ET that while it does not collect user data, it saw 18,800 new users on alone over the last week. By comparison, growth was about 1,000 a week on earlier. “All of Twitter’s policies are driven by what is profitable to Twitter. Mastodon prioritises the users. Mastodon provides users with robust and comprehensive tools for moderation against harassment and hate speech,” Mastodon spokesperson said. Mastodon is a decentralised social networking service, which allows users to create their own private networks. It does not collect user data to sell like Twitter does, and has released all of its code as open source and made it easy for anyone to start their own Mastodon instance.

Twitter is under fire for not reinstating Supreme Court lawyer Sanjay Hegde’s account and suspending the account of prominent Delhi-based OBC poet and columnist Dilip Mandal in October.
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