You’ve Decided to Quit Twitter
Here’s what you can use to replace it
Twitter has a new billionaire owner with big plans. For many loyal users of the 16-year old site, Elon Musk’s takeover is a sign it’s time to use Twitter less or leave it altogether.
The fast-moving feed of news, commentary and arguments has already seen some changes, including a rise in hate speech. Musk has made it clear that he intends to overhaul the site. Massive job cuts and his own position on free speech could lead to more widespread harassment and misinformation. Musk has also suggested that he would allow former president Donald Trump back on the site.
A number of companies are scrambling to fill the potential void. After the sale closed, a surge of people said they were moving to Mastodon, an open-source alternative that has tried to catch on as a less toxic Twitter for years. Mastodon gained 22,139 new accounts this past week and 10,801 in the day after Musk took over, said Mastodon chief executive Eugen Rochko. The site now has more than 380,000 monthly active users, while Twitter has 237.8 million daily active users.
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