Over the past 24 hours, a little-known social media platform Mastodon may have noted a surge in new Indian users. Most of them angry. Most of them from Twitter.

First came the demands to Twitter India for restoring Supreme Court lawyer Sanjay Hegde’s account, which was banned for posting a picture that was categorised as hateful. Hegde had posted a picture of German worker August Landmasser.

You remember him, in a famous photograph from Germany in 1936, where he refused to perform a Nazi salute. Then came the backlash for Twitter. A number of users joined a 24-hour boycott of Twitter from Nov. 6 noon. The numbers kept growing and soon some well-known names like AltNews Co-Founder Pratik Sinha, social activist Kavita Krishnan, journalist Shivam Vij and even popular musician Vishal Dadlani started moving to Mastodon.

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