#Twexit: Some Twitter users are looking elsewhere after Elon Musk deal

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Alternative social media platforms have been trending on Twitter since Monday morning when it was reported that a deal was close, including newcomers CounterSocial and Truth Social.

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Elon Musk’s deal to buy Twitter Inc. sends some users looking for alternative platforms – with mixed success.

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Alternative social media platforms have been trending on Twitter since Monday morning when it was reported that a deal was close, including newcomers CounterSocial and Truth Social. Even pioneering social networks like Tumblr and MySpace have been touted as options to avoid a social platform run by Musk — but not very seriously.

ConsSocial

The ad-free social network claims to have 63.8 million monthly visitors and aims to be free of bots, trolls and deepfakes. It also promises not to sell user data. But as people rushed to create accounts on Monday, the site crashed.

Users have complained about the experience or tweeted that they joined CounterSocial but didn’t know how to use the platform.

Little is known about the origins of CounterSocial. Its iOS and Android apps, launched in December 2020, have been downloaded less than 5,000 times worldwide, according to mobile analytics firm Apptopia. It is currently ranked 32nd in the Apple App Store social media rankings.

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Social truth

The Trump-linked social network is currently ranked ninth in the App Store‘s social media rankings. According to Apptopia, it has 1.71 million downloads on iOS and is not yet available on Android.

Musk says he aims to make Twitter “an inclusive arena for free speech”, fueling speculation he would reinstate Trump. While Trump told Fox News on Monday that he has no plans to return to Twitter, the idea that he might quit Truth Social was enough to torpedo shares of Digital World Acquisition Corp., a technology company. special purpose acquisition to merge with the owner of Truth Social. Trump Media & Technology Group.

Shares of DWAC fell 13% at the close of trading in New York.

Mastodon

Then there’s Mastodon, a decentralized social network with 4.4 million users, according to its website.

In 2017, Mastodon was announced as a Twitter killer when it launched. Based in Germany, it also offers free and open-source software with the aim of enabling social networks to thrive.

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