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Defectors seek alternatives to Musk-owned Twitter

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"Your ability to communicate online should not be at the whims of a single commercial company!" Mastodon tweeted when the Musk deal with Twitter was announced in April.

P2P Web3 could be the future of a more stable, democratic internet.

Something that Musk may not like with his purchase of Twitter.

But something his stated inspiration, anarcho-socialist author Iain Banks, would have loved.

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Musk has asked some of his fired staff to return.

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I just don't want to live in a world without Whoopi Goldbergs tweets. How else will I know what those noisy old bats on The View are up to?

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i see nothing wrong with it.

his company-his rules.

there is no "human right" to have twitter as before with previous rules since its private company.

its market economy,you like twitter their rules and policies-you stay.you dont like-you leave.

same thing have happened to facebook,instagram or say whatsap.facebook as greatest example,thnaks to changing of rule/their "community standards-euphenism for censorship/many have left for other platforms.say VK.whatsap people have moved to more safe telegram.

twitter is not gov owned company-just get it and than decide,i dont undesratnd this "excitement" about twitter at all.

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Better times will come for Twitter, but not now with this clown in chief.

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Musk has asked some of his fired staff to return

...not Mr Ligma or Mr Johnson I hope LOL

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Distributed networks do not have the overheads of the star topology systems, so they do not rely on advertising or filching user data. Their bandwidth, server and cloud requirements are tiny as users can connect directly to each other and host their own content. Entire social networks can connect using the generic e-mail protocol, whilst all content can use end to end encryption. There are no issues of censorship, but users can self-censor the content they see using a range of personalised or community filters. Services can be monetised as users can opt to receive adverts for things they are interested in (and discounts). People can also buy and sell directly, although new government restrictions upon sending things across borders give the big players like Ebay and Amazon the edge there. The provision of simple cross-border tax payment via a website service would fix that. Livestreaming is tougher (but is a primary target of governments, so it may be banned anyway). Everything else is reasonably easy to switch to a distributed service and run for tiny amounts of cash.

The first social networks could have been built on e-mail clients. It was only the convenience and ability to monitor and deliver adverts to users that saw website-based star topology services used when Facebook and the like began operating.

Musk ownership of Twitter may leverage distributed alternatives for many of the social networks and other online services that we use. It had to happen at some point, as the star topology services are less resilient, offer honey pots of data that make them lucrative propositions to attack with malware, and are targeted by governments for censorship and surveillance.

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Mastodon tweeted when

So the "alternative" to Twitter uses Twitter. Nice.

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These people are generally not only intellectually lazy, but physically lazy as well. They're the same ones who bragged that they'd pack up and leave the US when Trump won in 2016, but instead stayed put and have whined incessantly since. So I don't think Elon has too much to worry about.

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P2P Web3 could be the future of a more stable, democratic internet. 

It's only Democratic when Dems run it? Because they can control what people say, especially conservatives?

Something that Musk may not like with his purchase of Twitter.

He does, that is why this libertarian immigrant decided to purchase Twitter. 

But something his stated inspiration, anarcho-socialist author Iain Banks, would have loved.

Here we go...Lol

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It's only Democratic when Dems run it? Because they can control what people say, especially conservatives?

Democratic not about the Party in that it uses a peer to peer distributed network

He does, that is why this libertarian immigrant decided to purchase Twitter. 

'Libertarian' but loves corporate welfare.

https://www.grid.news/story/technology/2022/04/30/elon-musk-hates-the-government-his-companies-love-it/

Hilarious.

Here we go...Lol

You have not read Banks which Musk often quotes.

3 strukes and you are out !

It is hard to imagine the lack of information.

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The origin with the dislike with Musk, is that he has had a very well recorded hystory of being an opportunistic and selfish person that make promisses but does not honored them.

In May this year (at the begining of his Twitter buyout scheme), he cleary stated that he was a "free speech supremasist" and noone will be banned, EVERYONE will be able to twitt what they will... He even reiterated that a couple of weeks ago... But then, just a few days back, he banned for life several people, under the reason that they violated the new guide lines of twitter.. one of which was that "parody accounts has to clearly stated that they are so".... many banned parody accounts where following those guidelines but still they got banned, reason? because, Elon "Perinum" Musk.

This is just the latest example of why people does not like Musk...

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I hear Truth Social is pretty good.......

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Musk is selling millions of Tesla shares again. The celebrity executive disposed of 19.5 million shares Tuesday, which is worth about $3.95 billion, according to three filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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I can't believe the tantrums this has caused and almost nothing has changed yet

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In a way this could be something very positive, as long as there is enough demand for a service that gives importance to respect and reliable information then sooner or later someone will make a lot of money by providing it. The same as no-laws lands where people can be toxic and echo debunked lies. We will only have to wait and see which version of the services become more popular.

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Hurry up, every one must leave twitter before you get exposed to uncomfortable truths...

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