The CEO said that the number of users of Mastodon, a decentralized social media platform, skyrocketed from around 300,000 monthly active users to 2.5 million between October and November. Elon Musk officially took over Twitter in late October, which means that Mastodon’s massive increase in user numbers is almost directly proportional to Musk’s new ownership.
Rochko’s post also touched on Twitter’s reversed bans on posting links to Mastodon, many journalists, and @joinmastodon accounts, following the @ElonJet banned list. “This is a stark reminder that centralized platforms can place arbitrary and unfair limits on what you can and cannot say,” said Rochko. “At Mastodon, we believe that it doesn’t need to be a middleman between you and your followers, and journalists and government agencies in particular shouldn’t rely on a private platform to reach the public.”
People are using this social media app instead of Twitter!
Mastodon isn’t the only Twitter alternative people are running from. The Post, led by former Waze CEO Noam Bardin, has recently bounced back after dealing with some security issues, and there are familiar social platforms like Discord, Tumblr, and Reddit. And despite the growing interest in something that isn’t Twitter, the bird app still hangs; More than 17.5 million people voted in a poll asking if Musk should step down as Twitter’s CEO. (The public voted for his resignation.) Musk has also repeatedly claimed that the site’s usage is at an all-time high.
Rochko, however, seems confident about Mastodon’s future. “We understand that press freedom is absolutely essential to a functioning democracy, we are excited to see Mastodon grow and become a household name in newsrooms around the world, and we are committed to continuing to evolve our software to face new challenges.” he wrote.