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Twitter is getting worse and worse. Millions are fleeing the platform

A recent blog post on the Mastodon platform revealed that its user base has grown from 300,000 to 2.5 million. This happened between October and November, around the time Twitter was taken over by Elon Musk.

Twitter has had no reason to be happy lately. First, we learned about the data leak of over 5 million users, then the verdict of a former employee convicted of espionage. It’s no surprise, then, that the mentioned slip-ups have prompted millions of users to switch to a competing platform.

We are of course talking about Mastodon, which is a decentralized social media platform. The Verge reports that its user base grew from 300,000 active users in a month, at a dizzying 2.5 million. It all happened between October and November, around the time Twitter was taken over by Elon Musk.

The above information was originally made available on the Mastodon blog. Not only ordinary users began to move to the platform, whose president is Eugen Rochko, but also “more and more journalists, politicians, writers, actors and organizations”

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The statement also outlines how Twitter suspended a number of accounts*, including one belonging to Mastodon. This happened on Dec 16 after @joinmastodon shared a link to a new @ElonJet account, “release of public data on the flight path of Elon Musk’s private jet, which was previously suspended on Twitter itself”. Journalists were also injured. The New York Times and CNN. Their profiles were blocked only because they decided to provide information about the above event.

According to the president of the platform, this shows very clearly that centralized services can impose unfair restrictions. Censorship is often used to catch anything that may be unfavorable. Eugen Rochko adds that “At Mastodon, we believe there should be no middleman between you and your audience, and journalists and government agencies should not rely on a private platform to reach the public.”

Admittedly, Twitter is getting worse and worse. Stumbling Stone is succeeding Stumbling Stone, and it doesn’t bode well for the future of the social platform. The presence of an alternative in the form of Mastodon is welcome, as it gives people choice and greater freedom. Moreover, strong competition in the market is always beneficial for users.

*Accounts are already unlocked.

References: 1, 2, 3

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