Abhishek Singhvi And Kavita Krishnan Spar Over Social Network Mastodon

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Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi and CPI (ML) politburo member Kavita Krishnan engaged in a war of words over open-source social networking service Mastodon.

Written By Akhil Oka | Mumbai | Updated On:

Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi and politburo member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Kavita Krishnan engaged in a war of words over open-source social networking service Mastodon. Singhvi sparked off a debate when he objected to people announcing on Twitter that they were joining Mastodon. He reckoned that this would not serve the purpose as the trolls would follow the people to the new social networking avenue. Krishnan responded to this and claimed that their objective was to teach Twitter a lesson. She added that the new platform provided transparency.  

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However, Singhvi did not buy Krishnan's logic. He maintained the key issue of people using abusive language on social media was not solved. Furthermore, he pointed out that abusers were on all sides of the political spectrum. 

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Mastodon gaining followers in India

With over 2.2 million users, Mastodon is rapidly gaining popularity in India. This has been precipitated by Twitter’s policies where handles have been selectively blocked. While it is similar to Twitter, it stands apart as Mastodon is a decentralised platform. No one server or company is in control of its operations. A 26-year-old German national Eugen Rochko is the creator of this service.  

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