New York Times columnist Paul Krugman revealed on Sunday that he created an account on the Mastodon platform as some Twitter users searched for alternatives following billionaire Elon Musk’s purchase of the platform.
“So, I opened a Mastodon account as a precaution against the possible Muskocalypse on this site,” Krugman wrote on Twitter, adding that he uses the platform to broadcast his own work and follow experts in the field.
“Getting information from such people more or less in real time is extremely valuable… So a massive influx of crazies won’t directly harm the way I use Twitter. But I worry about the loss of critical mass. As Musk’s seemingly uncontrollable naughtiness and childishness drive users and advertisers away, it’s easy to see how Twitter’s usefulness could plummet,” Krugman said.
He shared his new profile on the Mastodon, an open-source social media site that bills itself as “a social network that’s not for sale.”
The platform started in 2016 when founder Eugen Rochko “was unhappy with the state and direction of Twitter,” according to Mastodon.
“I have no idea what will replace Twitter if and when that happens. But I’m doing what I can to maintain an alternative social media presence,” Krugman added.
Musk has already made massive staff cuts and now faces a potential loss of users and advertisers amid concerns over reduced content moderation and changes to features such as the blue tick” verified”.