The Verge: Trump’s social network has 30 days to stop breaking the rules of its software license. “The Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC) says former President Donald Trump’s new social network violated a free and open-source software licensing agreement by ripping off decentralized social network Mastodon. The Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG) has 30 days to comply with the terms of the license before its access is terminated — forcing it to rebuild the platform or face legal action.”
Vice: Mastodon’s Founder Says Trump’s New Social Network Is Just Mastodon. “Mastodon is a piece of open-source software that people can use to create their own social networks. The platform has a timeline style similar to Twitter. Whereas some people have moved to Mastodon for a social network experience away from more established, Big Tech companies, Neo-Nazis and other extremists have also used the platform.”
The Verge: Mastodon now has an official iPhone app. “Decentralized social network Mastodon now has an official iPhone app. The nonprofit behind Mastodon launched the app on iOS today, supplementing an existing web version and several third-party apps for iOS, Android, and other platforms. The app is free and offers a similar feature set to Mastodon’s core service, although it doesn’t include Mastodon’s broad local and federated timelines.”
Scroll: Twitter has become toxic. Can Mastodon provide a saner, safer alternative?. “Angered by the suspension of the Twitter account of Supreme Court advocate Sanjay Hegde, Mastodon has seen a trickle of Indian Twitter users joining its platform. Several liberal Twitter users in India had accused the micro-blogging site of censoring anti-government handles and failing to control hate speech, allegations which Twitter India refuted.”
BBC: Twitter in India: Why was rival Mastodon trending?. “Some of India’s most influential Twitter users are looking to move to little-known network Mastodon amid an outcry over Twitter moderation methods. Mastodon’s apparent trend-surge was prompted by Twitter suspending a leading Indian Supreme Court lawyer’s account twice.”
Techdirt: Gab, Mastodon And The Challenges Of Content Moderation On A More Distributed Social Network
Techdirt: Gab, Mastodon And The Challenges Of Content Moderation On A More Distributed Social Network. “While so many of the discussions and debates about content moderation focus on a few giant platforms — namely Facebook, YouTube and Twitter — it’s fascinating to see how they play out in other arenas. Indeed, one of the reasons why we’re so concerned about efforts to ‘regulate’ content moderation practices on social media is that focusing on the manner in which those big, centralized platforms work could serve to stifle newer, more innovative platforms, whose very set up may inherently deal with the ‘problems’ in the first place (see my protocols, not platforms discussion for one example).”
Linux Journal: What Really IRCs Me: Mastodon. “When it comes to sending text between people, I’ve found IRC (in particular, a text-based IRC client) works best. I’ve been using it to chat for decades while other chat protocols and clients come and go. When my friends have picked other chat clients through the years, I’ve used the amazing IRC gateway Bitlbee to connect with them on their chat client using the same IRC interface I’ve always used. … I’ve written about Bitlbee a number of times in the past, and I’ve used it to connect to other instant messengers, Twitter and Slack. In this article, I describe how I use it to connect to yet another service on the internet: Mastodon.”
News from Wales: Welsh Social Media Network “Tŵt” Now Open to the Public. “Tŵt is built on open-source technology and connects to a network of networks that boasts two million members, providing an instant audience and source of connections for new users. Unlike other social media platforms, the interface is fully available in Welsh and supports the use of non-English text.” This appears to be a singularly-purposed Mastodon setup.
The Verge: Twitter rival Mastodon isn’t safe from online mobs either. “For social media users who are sick of Twitter, open-source platform Mastodon offers a familiar refuge. Its use of local communities, or “instances” that are connected through federation, allowed users to carve out smaller, and hopefully safer, spaces. When Twitter drove entire communities off its platform, Mastodon gave them a new online home. But a recent flare-up around actor Wil Wheaton has sparked concerns about how effective the platform truly is at acting against dog-piling and online mobs.”
Read the Tea Leaves: Introducing Pinafore for Mastodon. “I love the Mastodon web app, and I’ve even contributed code to it. It’s a PWA [Progressive Web App], it’s responsive, and it works well across multiple devices. But eventually, I felt like I could make something interesting by rewriting the frontend from scratch.” Big thanks to Kathy J. for alerting me to this.
ZDNet: Is Mastodon the new social media star, or imploding black hole?. “Mastodon has exploded onto the social scene in the last week and is gaining users at a phenomenal rate. But is the new network an open source geek’s dream or Twitter’s ultimate nightmare?”
MakeUseOf: Mastodon: What You Need to Know About the New Social Network. “Mastodon [is] a new open-source social network that is focused on the user. What you want to see, what you want to ignore, what you want to share — these things are all governed by granular controls, meaning you retain complete control over what is seen.”
The Verge: Mastodon.social is an open-source Twitter competitor that’s growing like crazy. “Eugen Rochko was annoyed with Twitter. The company had made a series of changes that he thought eroded the value of the service: limiting how big third-party applications could grow, for example, and implementing an algorithm-driven timeline that made Twitter feel uncomfortably similar to Facebook. Most people in Rochko’s situation fired off an angry tweet or two and moved on. Rochko set about rebuilding Twitter from scratch.” I paid for an App.net subscription, so I think I’ll just hang back and watch this one…