Posted on November 8, 2019, 3:00 PM IST
Social media is a powerful tool to express your views and comments, but the same turns into a nightmare when there are a bunch of bullies and trolls who make your life a living hell.
Twitter is one such platform where your account can be suspended on biased views and comments. Whereas it is also filled with leechy trolls who post negative comments with their multiple accounts. So now Indians are leaving this platform and registering themselves with Mastodon.
What is Mastodon?
It is a new digital hangout space with zero tolerance to trolls and negative campaigners. More so it also boosts of lengthy word limit to type in your opinions to your followers. Mastodon is created by German coder Eugen Rochko way back in 2016; however, its presence wasn’t familiar till now. What really sets Mastodon apart from Twitter and other platforms is the fact that it is decentralised, which means that its data isn’t controlled by a single entity.
Why the sudden popularity?
Because in the recent times the Indian Twitterati have been up in arms against Twitter for its alleged bias. Things heated up with Supreme Court Lawyer Sanjay Hegde. For the unaware, Hegde's Twitter account got suspended after a few posts, which caused rumpus on the social media platform, with several demanding that his account be restored. Questions have been forever raised about Twitter's verification process and the evident bias in getting people's accounts verified.
Following his account's suspension, Hegde declared that he had shifted his base to Mastodon and would be using that platform henceforth. Meanwhile, it was also observed that several Dalit scholars and activists also had their accounts temporarily suspended or restricted, prompting cries of prejudice. This is when thousands of Twitter users decided to follow suit.
Indian users are claiming that the new social media platform is uplifting, has a liberal word limit and an in particular additional positive vibes, others stated that the platform's zero-tolerance policy towards any bias, online hate or trolling was what lured them to Mastodon.