September 29, 2023

Mastodon, a decentralized social media platform that many are turning to as a Twitter different, noticed its userbase skyrocket from about 300,000 month-to-month energetic customers to 2.5 million between October and November, Mastodon’s CEO, founder, and lead developer Eugen Rochko said in a new blog post. Elon Musk formally took over Twitter in late October, which means Mastodon’s enormous soar in customers virtually straight adopted Musk’s new possession.

Rochko’s submit additionally addressed Twitter’s now-reversed bans on sharing hyperlinks to Mastodon, many journalists, and the @joinmastodon account itself following the still-in-place ban on @ElonJet. “It is a stark reminder that centralized platforms can impose arbitrary and unfair limits on what you may and may’t say whereas holding your social graph hostage,” Rochko stated. “At Mastodon, we consider that there doesn’t should be a intermediary between you and your viewers and that journalists and authorities establishments particularly shouldn’t should depend on a non-public platform to succeed in the general public.”

Rochko, nonetheless, sounds assured in Mastodon’s future. “Understanding that freedom of the press is completely important for a purposeful democracy, we’re excited to see Mastodon develop and grow to be a family title in newsrooms internationally, and we’re dedicated to persevering with to enhance our software program to withstand new challenges that include fast development and rising demand,” he wrote.