India and censorship has been such a tussle for decades in our country that at times it’s hard to decide what is right and what is wrong and who has the right to keep it or delete it.
The latest victim of this tussle has been Twitter India and gainer is a little known social media network Mastodon. Let us first know what exactly went wrong at Twitter trying to moderate tweets.
1. Arbitrary Moderation
Most of the social media influencers, digital marketing experts and people in general believe that Twitter in India moderates insensibly and is partial when it comes to criticism of government. Especially groups like lawyer lobby and minority leaders find it very disturbing that their voices are being crushed under the modern use of robot crawlers that have set words to moderate things without giving any heed to the context.
2. Inaction Against Abuses & Threats
People have a strong feel that Twitter does next-to-nothing when it comes to abuses and threats. Women users feel that they are as vulnerable to bullying on Twitter as they are in a dark alley of Delhi. Abusers say anything to everything and yet no action is taken against them.
To avoid any kind of political or social propaganda, we are not going to discuss particular cases here.
Now let’s see what’s exactly right at Mastodon.
Mastodon is an open-network software that lets you have your own server to operate without any kind of centralization. It is not owned by a single entity that can boss around. You’re free to choose with whom you interact and with whom you don’t.
Also, Mastodon takes robust action against abusers whether it is racial or misogynistic in nature, projecting it to be the next big thing.
Everything apart, right now, there are 300 M+ users on Twitter while Mastodon boasts a current number of 2.2 M which puts up some hard questions. Will Mastodon will be able to manage all its users in the long term. Also, many experts have stated that it is not that easy to use Mastodon and it is not a long term thing.
In our view, leaving Twitter for another network is like leaving battlefield for a pastoral life. The things we should really address is how come these disparities run in a country that holds high the sacred “freedom of speech”.
On a second thought, now crawlers and robots will decide what’s exactly good for humanity? Well! We are in the same dilemma as you are. So, if you have any thoughts on this, do write to us either in the comment section or leave a mail at email@example.com.
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