Following Twitter Censorship, Bitcoin Discovers Mastodon – Bitcoin Magazine

Well, it finally happened. With one week remaining in Donald Trump’s four-year term in office as the 45th President of the United States of America, Twitter permanently suspended his account.

The President of the United States was also banned from various other social media platforms, including Pinterest from everywhere. This was really heartbreaking news, as he will now have to look for an alternative platform on which to build his vision boards.

In retrospect, this felt inevitable. Twitter has been flirting with the move for years, with some of the heaviest pressure coming within its own ranks. Previous episodes of social media bans from prominent figures, such as Alex Jones or Milo Yiannopoulos, have sparked brief conversations about social media censorship. These discussions seem to fade into the unconscious in conjunction with every refresh of the news feed, only to resurface when another name makes the blacklist.

But it’s impossible to ignore this one.

It features the sitting President of the United States, one who received nearly 75,000,000 votes in the 2020 presidential election a few months ago. Several platforms operated in a coordinated manner, such as pride of lions on a hunt in the Serengeti. As people searched the Twitter exit doors, the technocrats closed the escape routes one by one. Apple removed Parler from its app store after demanding that the platform remove content that violated its stated policies. Amazon removed it from its web hosting service. Deutsche Bank, among others, announced that it would not do business with the future president while Signature Bank announced it would close Trump’s accounts holding about $ 5.3 million.

It may be high time for an orange man to be considered an orange coin.

Searching for a New Platform

Parler has been forced to close temporarily, and perhaps permanently. Parler’s CEO, John Matze, is now suing Amazon Web Services, alleging that Amazon violated anti-coalition laws.

Andrew Torba, Gab’s CEO, can sympathize with Matze. Gab experienced a similar fate in the not too distant past. Apple and Google have removed Gab from their app stores, Amazon has dropped support for their servers, and PayPal, Stripe and Visa have all blocked payments through their networks. In response, Torba has adapted the platform’s software infrastructure to a fork of Mastodon, a free open-source social network platform. It began to maintain its own servers independently and accepted bitcoin as a form of payment.

Like Parler, Gab was also temporarily inaccessible in the past few days. Unlike Parler, this was not due to censorship, but to server overload. The move towards self-sovereignty paid off.

It is still unclear whether Gab will gain enough traction to compete with Twitter in the global market of social networks when the dust settles. What is clear, however, is that people are shopping around. And the Bitcoin community is no exception.

As bitcoin has evolved over the years, so has its community’s preferred method of communication; from Cypherpunks Mailing List to Bitcointalk for Reddit forums and everything in between. It didn’t take long for Bitcoiners to settle in Twitter and make it their home.

Unlike previous iterations of the Bitcoin community, this one was an ongoing encounter with a global audience. Bitcoin was no longer hidden in the shadow of specialized internet forums. Instead, he was thrown into the vortex of pop culture for mainstream consumption. Bitcoin Twitter has expanded its reach over the years, allowing Bitcoiners to connect, spreading information to outsiders, refuting FUD’s constant mainstream media and dunk on prominent nocoiners like Peter Schiff and Nouriel Roubini.

When Bitcoiners searched for their exit strategy following this latest collision of blacklisted accounts, they found Mastodon. They drew an example called, which was set up a few years earlier as a contingency plan in response to various waves of social media censorship. The example was home to a few thousand active users and many more inactive. With every wave of social media censorship, new users joined the community. As time went on, people slowly crawled back to Twitter en masse, leaving the platform relatively barren in comparison.

Last week sparked another wave of disagreement. This time, I joined the migrant caravan, and I wasn’t alone. Mastodon’s Bitcoin community has grown from just a few thousand users a week ago to over 10,000 users at the time of writing.

Bitcoin A Mastodon

For those unfamiliar with the platform, here’s Mastodon in brief:

Mastodon is a free, open source, self-hosted social networking service. It allows anyone to maintain their own server node in the network, often cited as an example. These instances are connected as a federal social network, which allows users from different servers to interact.

In Mastodon, “retweets” are “boosts”, “likes” are “favorites” and “tweets” are “toots” (that’s right, “toots”). Toots has a limit of 500 characters. A local timeline displays toots from everyone on the example, while a federal timeline displays toots from everyone else – no ads, all in chronological order.

The adjustment was difficult initially, as Twitter’s muscle memory prevented me from taking an unbiased, open-minded approach. After spending a couple days away from Twitter, it grew on me.

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The local timeline is continually filled with high signal-to-noise Bitcoin content; thought provoking questions, quantitative analysis, research articles and (naturally) memes. The additional characters allow users to make sharper points, better simulating real-world conversations in contrast to the bumper sticker nature of most tweets.

Favorite counters and Mastodon boost are hidden. While this may seem like an odd design decision at first, it ultimately reduces the potential for subconscious bias as it allows consumers to judge jobs on their own initial evaluation rather than other consensus evaluation . This feature, together with posts displayed in chronological order, allows the community to interact more naturally. Fundamentally, Mastodon serves users as a communication platform, not a content consumption platform. It gives all users a fair chance to be heard.

No platform is perfect, and Mastodon is no exception. There are compromises to every design decision. While the design allows for a more natural conversation, failing to sort posts by popularity means potentially missing out on the most attractive jobs based solely on timing. The federal timeline can be a bit of a mess, with thousands of people screaming into the void without rhyme or reason. In contrast, the local timeline has the potential to create an echo chamber. Furthermore, the platform can lead to centralization and censorship if not used properly. While consumers overflow to the example, they should be encouraged to run their own, similar to running a Bitcoin node, to fully utilize the benefits of a federal system.

Not your example, not your data.

Bitcoiners would be the first to admit that powerful network effects are an undeniable force that should be considered. Their effects get worse and become almost impossible to overcome once they reach a certain threshold. I don’t see Twitter disappearing from our lives anytime soon.

Nor do I think bitcoiners should give up completely. Doing so would tie the territory of the public square to bad actors. Bitcoiners are notorious for being vigilant in their role as Bitcoin’s immune system. An essential part of an effective immune system is the ability to respond immediately to defense against foreign invaders. Staying dormant is not a viable option for survival.

Mastodon pulls Bitcoiners in to offer a break from the soul-sucking nature of the public square and pushes them out when they are ready to share their thoughts with the rest of the world. It ties us closer together as a community with shared values ​​and a vision for the future.

This is basically our first citadel. I hope to see you there.

This is a guest post by Dr Bitcoin MD. The views expressed are entirely of their own opinion and do not necessarily reflect the views of BTC Inc or Bitcoin Magazine.