Musk’s takeover — which was finalized Thursday night, a source familiar with the matter told CNN — not only has the potential to create upheaval for Twitter (TWTR) employees but also for the hundreds of millions of people around the world who use the platform daily. It could also impact the upcoming US midterm elections, if Musk makes good on his promise to restore the accounts of users who were previously banned from the platform, most notably former US President Donald Trump, and limit the company’s content restrictions.
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Mastodon is free and open-source software for running self-hosted social networking services. It has microblogging features similar to the Twitter service, which are offered by a large number of independently run Mastodon nodes (technically known as instances), each with its own code of conduct, terms of service, privacy options, and moderation policies.
Each user is a member of a specific Mastodon instance (also called a server), which can interoperate as a federated social network, allowing users on different nodes to interact with each other. This is intended to give users the flexibility to select a server whose policies they prefer, but keep access to a larger social network. Mastodon is also part of the Fediverse ensemble of server platforms, which use shared protocols allowing users to also interact with users on other compatible platforms, such as PeerTube and Friendica. Mastodon (software) - Wikipedia
I already had a Mastodon account for some years, but today I found out this node will cease to exists soon. So I created a new account on another node. Feel free to connect: https://mastodon.nl/@marcel73nl
This [Mastdon] isn’t another startup. It’s not a company at all. It’s a community. There are no ads, no tracking, and no monetization whatsoever. This is a place shaped—at the cultural, design, and code level—by members of marginalized communities who wanted to escape the rage-driven onslaught of trolls and doomscrolling that define social media. A place built around connection and conversation instead of engagement.
Important stuff: easily you can migrate from a Mastodon server to another one.
We (infra guys) can solve the technical part, installing and hosting it, and let the other guys decide whether they can manage it.
For example, would the Tirana Municipality, innovative and trendy as it is, be willing to manage a Mastodon service? I believe that they have the necessary legal expertise to solve any issues that may arise by using it. But I don’t have any contacts with them, to ask and find out.