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EU Twitterati Plot Escapes Amid Mask Takeover – POLITICO

Following Elon Musk’s $44 billion takeover, EU policy expert group seeks to orchestrate exit from Twitter, claiming billionaires could make site uncomfortable is.

Users looking for a solution include European bureaucrats, policy makers and civil society representatives, including charging authenticated users $8 per month to maintain their blue checks. has said he disagrees with Twitter’s plans.

In a private Signal chat, a group of digitally savvy EU Twitter users discussed their move to Mastodon this week. Mastodon, a social media platform created by a German programmer in his 2016, has traditionally attracted left-wing users. Mastodon attended the day Musk announced his Twitter takeover Over 70,000 new user.

Nearly 100 people participate in the chat, where users from EU institutions and institutions inside and outside Brussels discuss the internal and external aspects of the EU’s digital policies. Now it’s taking aim at Musk’s new pet project.

One of the new groups hosted on Mastodon servers called ‘eupolicy.social’ aims to provide a ‘friendly and respectful discussion space for those working in the field of EU policy’. .

The group was set up last week by Paul Nemitz, Adviser to the European Commission’s Judiciary, and Robert Lehman, technical expert at the European Union’s institutional data protection authority, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS). I was. And Jan Penfrat, Senior Policy Advisor for civil society group European Digital Rights (EDRI) said:

One of Nemitz’s earliest “toots” (equivalent to tweets) appealed to those within the group who were “worried that the richest man on the planet controls the public discourse”, and future users to apply to join the eupolicy.social setup.

“I personally feel the lock-in effect of Twitter and it is important that we have more alternatives,” Nemitz told POLITICO. It will help you put the

Mastodon doesn’t work like Twitter. It’s an open-source platform where thematic chats are hosted under different headings, rather than one combined feed like Twitter. To join such a group, called an “instance”, you must apply and be approved by the group administrator.

All so-called Toots are only visible to participants on the same server. Participants can easily be kicked out of the group by admins for misbehavior.

This allows for a more “curated” experience, Nemitz said, adding that a “bespoke” social media experience is needed. Within days, his server his group attracted about 130 users active in the EU digital policy niche circle.

That said, Mastodon occupies a niche compared to Twitter, with over 1.3 million active users compared to Twitter’s 240 million active users worldwide.

More broadly, Twitter’s position in the EU capital faces counting.

Last week, Musk tried to allay concerns expressed by the EU’s head of industrial policy, Thierry Breton. warned He said Twitter must comply with EU platform rules

According to a recent Reuters report, Musk and Bretton are set to meet in the coming weeks.

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