Firefox, Tumblr team up to support Mastodon social network

On December 16, Twitter suspended Mastodon's @joinmastodon account after it shared a link to the newly-registered Mastodon account of @ElonJet, an account that broadcasts public flight path data of Elon Musk's private jet, which was previously suspended from the micro-blogging platform itself.

Firefox and Tumblr have teamed up to support Mastodon, the open-source social network, amid Elon Musk's efforts to disparage the rival platform.

On December 16, Twitter suspended Mastodon's @joinmastodon account after it shared a link to the newly-registered Mastodon account of @ElonJet, an account that broadcasts public flight path data of Elon Musk's private jet, which was previously suspended from the micro-blogging platform itself.

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According to The Guardian, Musk admitted the apparent move to prevent Twitter users from migrating was an error.

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Musk said, "that one was a mistake," on a Twitter live stream with a former intern.

Mastodon has jumped from approximately 300K monthly active users to 2.5 mn, which includes journalists, political figures, writers, actors and organisations, between October and November.

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Firefox developer Mozilla disagrees with Musk's view and has joined the rush to create a presence on the platform, according to the report.

The company announced that it would begin to run a Mastodon "instance", one of the decentralised servers upon which the social network rests.

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"Our intention is to contribute to the healthy and sustainable growth of a federated social space that doesn't just operate but thrives on its own terms, independent of profit- and control-motivated tech firms," Steve Teixeira, chief product officer at Mozilla was quoted as saying.

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A Mastodon instance is similar to an email service provider -- all users will need to join one instance but can communicate with users on others once they have, the report added.

Moreover, Tumblr, a microblogging and social networking website also said that it will begin supporting the technology in the near future, according to founder Matt Mullenwegg.

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Tumblr is also "dealing with waves of users right now", said the report.

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