As Twitter flounders, Mastodon refreshes its official app for Android users

While Twitter is busy limiting the number of readable tweets and breaking its TweetDeck app, open source Twitter alternative Mastodon is celebrating the launch of a significant refresh of its Android app. The new app, released over the weekend, features a complete Material You redesign — Google’s design language for Android — as well as revamped features such as tab bars, settings, a compose screen, and more.

Mastodon founder and CEO Eugen Rochko shared news of the update on the Mastodon blog, as the social network — including its mobile apps, web version, and third-party clients — now reaches an active user base of 1.4 million monthly active users according to the company’s own data. That monthly active figure is up 19%, the website also notes, but is down from Mastodon’s peak popularity in the wake of Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover late last year, when it had then seen 2.5 million monthly users.

Today, Rochko shared that the number of active users across Mastodon rose by 294,000 over the weekend, and posting activity roughly tripled — figures likely tied to Twitter’s troubles.

According to Rochko, the new Android app out now features dozens of ways to customize the user experience in the new settings screen, ranging from being able to change the default posting language, to reminding yourself to add alternative text for your media uploads, to being able to hide the “boost” and “favorite” counters — the former, Mastodon’s version of Twitter’s retweet.

Android users can also access information about the server they’re connected to and view its rules. (In Mastodon’s decentralized social network, users join a server that is connected — or federated — with other servers across the wider network, and each server has its own admin(s) and moderation guidelines.)

In addition, the Android app’s

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TikTok refreshes its group recommendations as CEO prepares to testify before Congress

What you will need to know

  • For the initial time, TikTok has created its community concepts community.
  • These rules provide as the basis for all TikTok selections pertaining to information moderation on the platform.
  • TikTok’s group tips have also been up-to-date, and they will go into outcome on April 21.

TikTok is increasingly getting a status as the wild west of social networking, and for legitimate factors, chief among them the proliferation of from time to time perilous content material on the system. The shorter-kind online video songs provider is now using steps to even more rein points in with a new update to its neighborhood guidelines.

In a website put up (opens in new tab), TikTok’s Worldwide Head of Product Policy, Julie de Bailliencourt, wrote that the system is beefing up its principles all around AI-generated articles. This new update will come as generative AI proceeds to get traction amongst tech giants like Google and Microsoft. The research giant, in individual, not too long ago unveiled new AI equipment for Gmail, Docs, Slides, Sheets, Meet up with, and Chat. The element can do things like develop pictures, audio, and films for you in Slides in a make any difference of seconds.

TikTok has also current its procedures close to detest speech and hateful actions, adding “tribe” to the record of attributes safeguarded by its suggestions. Additionally, the ByteDance-owned enterprise has expanded its data on how it safeguards “civic and election integrity.”

Extra than 100 companies globally have pitched in to help notify TikTok’s refresh pointers. The supreme goal is to bolster the platform’s procedures and “react to new threats and probable harms,” according to Bailliencourt.

The new guidelines will arrive into force commencing on April 21, and TikTok programs to teach its pool of moderators in excess of

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