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What is Mastodon and Why are people tweeting about it?

Following Twitter's response, Mr Sanjay Hegde, in interviews with media outlets, including Newsd, said that he will probably use some other platform like Mastodon

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Over the last week, there has been a furore on microblogging site Twitter regarding the suspension of Supreme Court lawyer Sanjay Hegde’s Twitter account. After a two-week tussle, Mr Hegde was told by the company on Tuesday, November 5 that his suspended social media account would not be restored.

Following Twitter’s response, Mr Sanjay Hegde, in interviews with media outlets, including Newsd, said that he will probably use some other platform like Mastodon. Since then, various social media users, including former IAS officer Kannan Gopinathan, columnist Mitali Saran have created their accounts on the ‘Mastodon’ service in solidarity with Sanjay Hegde.

What is Mastodon?

Mastodon is a free and open-source social networking service. Which allows users to host their own server node in the network, and its various separately operated user bases are federated across many different servers.  These servers are connected as a federated social network, allowing users from different servers to interact with each other.

“Mastodon isn’t just a website, it is a federation – think Star Trek. Thousands of independent communities running Mastodon form a coherent network, where while every planet is different, being part of one is being part of the whole,” the homepage of the website reads.

According to the product’s website, ” Mastodon comes with effective anti-abuse tools to help protect yourself.”

Here is what the Twitterati said regarding the social media service Mastodon.

Interview: “They picked a wrong person for this,” Sanjay Hegde on Twitter suspension

Siddharth covers technology, politics and sports for Newsd

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