These politicians are wondering if they will leave Twitter (for Mastodon?)

OLIVIER DOULIERY / AFP These French politicians wonder if they will not leave Twitter, since its takeover by Elon Musk


These French politicians wonder if they will not leave Twitter, since its takeover by Elon Musk

POLITICS – The bird is ” free. ” But he is not the only one. Since billionaire Elon Musk bought Twitter for the “ release “, in his words, many users question their presence on the social network. At issue: the brutal methods of the new boss, who laid off half of the firm’s employeeswithout warning, and his vision of the platform, drawn with strokes ofshock announcements for “total freedom of expression. »

What sow doubt about the future of Twitter. After associations and advertisers, who fear a surge of hate speech and disinformation, the United Nations has urged Elon Musk to enforce human rights on the social network.

Freedom of speech “is not a pass”thus warned the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Saturday, October 5, in an open letter, stressing that the spread of false information, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic, was causing damage in the real world.

In this context, in France, several leading politicians are making their concerns heard. At point leave twitter ? And to abandon a tool that has become a flagship in their public communication strategy?

For Jadot, “Twitter kills democracy”

One of the first to have reacted in this direction is undoubtedly Jérôme Guedj, the socialist deputy of Essonne with a laconic message… on Twitter. “ The question of whether or not to stay on Twitter is a serious one “Wrote the elected official on Saturday, November 5, the day after the confirmation of the dismissal of around half of the company’s 7,500 employees worldwide.

Since then, positions have followed one another, with more or less momentum. Guest of France 3, Sunday November 6, Olivier Véran, also expressed timid reservations about his future presence on the network. It is certainly ” a way of getting informed and informing, of communicating “, recognized the former Minister of Health, active on the platform.

But “ the fact that this major, global tool belongs to a man who displays ambitions, which worries me a little for some of them, means that I remain vigilant “, he explained, after answering “ I will see to whether or not he would continue to tweet. In any case, he will not pay for the certification of his account, as Elon Musk wishes to impose with an eight-dollar-a-month subscription.

More offensive, Yannick Jadot, for his part, delivers a legal indictment against the social network, “the latest avatar of a system that wants to destroy everything”, this Monday on franceinfo. According to the ecologist candidate for the 2022 presidential election, “ Twitter kills democracy, kills politics “by attacking” complex thinking ” and ” everything that makes a democracy”: “a little time, a little reflection, arguments rather than invectives, discussing with others, building compromises. » This is why he claims to have, himself, limited his speech on the social network, as you can see below (from 22’30).

One question remains: is there an alternative to Twitter? If he wants to further reduce his presence on the platform now run by the richest man in the world, the MEP can follow the example of several of his colleagues… By migrating to another social network, Mastodon.

A leak to Mastodon?

According to the British daily The Guardianthe opponent “virtuous” of Twitter, which prides itself on not being able to be bought and owned by any billionaire since it is decentralized, would have gained tens of thousands of new users, including more than 70,000 the day after the announcement of the takeover of Twitter by Elon Musk .

In France, among them: the local elected EELV Marine Tondelier, one of the candidates to take the head of the Greens, or the former minister Cécile Duflot.

I opened an account on Mastodon. Come, we are entitled to more than 280 characters “Wrote the first, Sunday, to the address of his Twitter community, explaining that he had read” the messages of twitter employees recounting their brutal dismissal, even that of entire teams…”. All with a hashtag “#mastodonmigration”.

The second, director general of Oxfam France, has also taken the plunge. On Twitter, she transmits her advice for getting started on the platform with the elephant – the logo, or the mascot of Mastodon – and with obscure contours.

Created in 2016 by a young German, Eugen Rochko, Mastodon, a decentralized social network operating on the basis of registration on the server of your choice, appears today as one of the most serious alternatives to Twitter. But it currently only has 4.5 million users, according to Time, who interviewed the creator after the recent influx of new users – and he promises them that his network has innovative moderation solutions against hate speech. What to seduce?

It must be noted, for the moment, that the positions taken against the blue bird remain marginal in the French political sphere, which is very inclined to communicate by tweets. We will therefore have to wait a little longer to read their “squeaks”, the name given to messages on Mastodon.

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These politicians are wondering if they will leave Twitter (for Mastodon?)