Mastodon, a federated social networking platform that lets users construct their own private networks, has said that it would not support non-fungible tokens or NFTs on its platform. The platform has been outspoken in its opposition to NFT-enabled microtransactions, stating in a response to a Twitter user that “Mastodon would never support and/or produce NFTs.” The move comes only days after Discord CEO Jason Citron was chastised by the community for implying that Ethereum-based wallets may be integrated.
Despite being viewed as a viable alternative to most of the more prominent social media sites, Mastodon is adamant about its anti-NFT position, in contrast to Twitter and Facebook, which have employed entire teams to investigate crypto-tech breakthroughs.
Mastodon previously clarified that the phrase “decentralisation” does not necessarily imply “blockchain, cryptocurrency, or non-fungible tokens.” As a result, users of the platform were overjoyed to find that the platform has no plans to include any type of micro-transactions.
The news comes just days after Discord co-founder Jason Citron received a barrage of criticism from crypto-skeptics after he released a screenshot from an internal test version of the Discord app, implying that Ethereum-based wallets may be included. As a consequence of the outcry, the creators of the famous chat/community software Discord have had to put their crypto integration plans on hold, with some users threatening to cancel their Discord Nitro memberships.
Mastodon was established in 2016 by Eugen Rochko, a German programmer. It’s one of a slew of new social media platforms that have emerged in recent years as alternatives to Twitter and Facebook, which have long been criticized for polarised speech, abuse, uneven moderating, and a business strategy that involves selling user data to advertisers.
Mastodon is unique in that it acts as a codebase for anybody to build their own social media network. As a result, Mastodon has hundreds of “instances,” or autonomous internet domains and servers. Everyone signs into the exact instant they’re a part of using one of a variety of third-party apps that are compatible.