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Mastodon

  • IASbaba
  • November 15, 2022
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Context: Amid concerns over the direction that Twitter seems to be taking after its takeover by billionaire Elon Musk, a number of users are flocking to a platform called Mastodon, a decentralised, open source social media platform.

About Mastodon:

  • Mastodon was founded in 2016 by a German software developer.
  • Unlike Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and Instagram, it is a decentralised, open source, ad-free platform that is essentially made up of thousands of different servers, or “instances”, run across the world.
  • All the different instances on Mastodon can communicate to each other, that is, what users in a certain instance are posting is accessible to users in a different instance.
  • Users or organisations can even start their own servers.
  • Otherwise, there’s a list of servers which focus on specific locations or topics of interest.
  • The admin of each server can decide the content moderation guidelines for that particular server.
  • It essentially means that anyone can download, modify and install Mastodon on their own server.
  • The developers of the platform don’t own the copyright.
  • However, if someone creates a platform using Mastodon’s code, they will have to acknowledge the source of the code.

Content moderation on Mastodon:

  • Since Mastodon is a collection of thousands of different servers, there is not a singular content moderation strategy for the entire platform.
  • Content moderation is done by admins of each server who can set their own rules — this means that a kind of speech allowed on one server may not be allowed on a different one.
  • Users can also migrate to other instances on Mastodon.

Source: Indian Express

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Q.1) Consider the following communication technologies:

  1. Closed-circuit Television
  2. Radio Frequency Identification
  3. Wireless Local Area Network

Which of the above are considered of the Short-Range devices/technologies? (2022)

  1. 1 and 2 only.
  2. 2 and 3 only
  3. 1 and 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3

 

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