Despite Musk’s promises, EU turns to mastodon, more reliable alternative

As a message of hope for Twitter users in Europe. In the video, which was broadcast on Monday evening on the same social network, Thierry Breton and Elon Musk are standing side by side. The first is in a suit, the second is in a T-shirt. Two worlds oppose each other: Brussels and Silicon Valley. Together they talked about the future content moderation on the social network, which is now owned by Elon Musk. Because the Tesla boss wants to make Twitter the new Eldorado of free speech, which scares the European organization, which did not fail to remind him several times.

So the two men from Austin, Texas wanted to find common ground between the acquisition of Twitter and new European social media regulations. “I agree with everything you said, really, I think we are on the same wavelength,” the billionaire assured the European Commissioner.

Mastodon is back in the race

Brussels reassured, but Brussels foresaw. Because Elon Musk is at risk of not honoring his commitments, such as his statement on Tuesday evening about wanting to reverse the ouster of former US President Donald Trump. Therefore, it will be necessary to ensure continuation. Therefore, Europe is betting on new platforms such as Mastodon. Created in 2016 in Germany, a social network in the form of a mammoth promises a free network that will never be the property of any billionaire. Its model is the so-called “fedivers”. In common parlance, this echoes a decentralized network in which several servers meet.

This may explain the arrival of some European authorities this Thursday, in particular the European Data Protection Officer (EDPS) on the Mastodon social network. A way for an organization to legitimize and secure its credibility in a young social network by creating multiple platforms: EU Voice and EU Video. “With this launch, we aim to provide alternative social media platforms that put people and their rights to privacy and data protection first,” explained European Data Protection Officer Wojciech Wewerowski.

By bringing these new “instances” out into the world (servers on the Mastondantine jardon), CEPD intends to bring together as many European organizations as possible through rather short texts (beeps), images and videos or podcasts. But in fact, Europe is not the only one seduced by the freedom of a giant social network.

A wave of popularity to be mastered

On Twitter, the takeover of the social network has prompted some internet users to consider leaving for new platforms for good. Under the hashtags #LeaveTwitter and #JoinMastodon, former bluebird supporters now choose to line up for the mammoth. “I created my Mastodon account in 2017 but have used it very little. It will change,” admits the first. “L’happy hour because the hate speech is about to start,” adds the second. “So it’s time to move on and start a new life on the free and open Mastodon microblogging network,” added a third.

Faced with this enthusiasm, Mastodon even saw the number of new users skyrocket to 30,000 every day after Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter. Opportunity for Evgeniy Rochko, the founder of the social network, to recall in a press release his motives to create at the start “a more sustainable global platform without incentives for profit”. “What ultimately led me to create Mastodon [en 2016], these were rumors that Twitter, whose platform I used daily for many years at that time, could be sold to another scandalous billionaire, ”Evgeny Rochko justified. Before emphasizing: “And now, finally, it happened, and for the same reasons, masses of people come to the Mastodon.”

Indeed, a victim of its success, described as “explosive”, social networks even had to slow down. Because in addition to 2,400 servers run by individuals and independent organizations, there are a few “instances” managed by Mastodon that lack “resources,” the social network admits. “We have been working tirelessly to maintain the quality of service on mastodon.social and mastodon.online, but you may have noticed issues such as missing confirmation emails or delayed data transmission at home,” admits the German social network, which promises to tweak its software . in future.