Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover sees users move to rival after dubious changes

Elon Musk's contentious takeover of Twitter has started off on a rocky road following a large amount of the platform's users fleeing.

These users have fled in favour of Mastodon, a decentralised platform that contains microblogging features akin to Twitter.

Mastodon claim that they've had more than 70,000 new sign-ups on Friday, the day after Musk finalised his $44 billion takeover of Twitter.

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Musk instantly caused controversy upon the beginning of his ownership of Twitter after claiming he will make Twitter users pay $20 (£17) per month to have a blue tick next to their account name, before he decreased the supposed price to $8 (£7).

The official Mastodon account took to Twitter to speak on their influx of new users as they wrote: "For anyone wondering, Mastodon got over 70K sign-ups yesterday [Friday, October 28] alone.

"Let's keep the momentum going! The 'public square' of the web must not belong to any one person or corporation!"

Eugen Rochko, Mastodon's German-born founder and CEO, confirmed that the number of sign-ups on Friday was 70,849.

The decentralised open-source platform allows users to make profiles, follow other users and also post messages, images and videos.

It's version of tweets are 'toots', which allows users to set their posts to private, a tool Twitter does not offer on its platform.

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App intelligence firm Sensor Tower, said the Mastodon app was installed 91,000 times between October 28-30 and moved up to 21st in the 'social networking' category charts on the US App Store.

After completing what was a drawn out deal, Musk broke the internet after immediately firing some of Twitter's top executives at its San Francisco headquarters on Thursday (October 27).

The victims of Musk's focus were former CEO Parag Agrawal, top counsel Vijaya Gadde and CFO Ned Segal.


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