After crowdfunding millions of dollars, social media platform Gab abandoned its own code and switched to the freely available Mastodon software in early 2019 as a way of circumventing Google’s and Apple’s ban on their own app from their app stores, since offering Mastodon’s client-side API would allow any existing Mastodon app to be used to access Gab. We have never had any sympathy for their thinly (if at all) veiled white supremacist platform so that was not a welcome move on our part, however the license that we publish our software under (AGPLv3) allows anyone to use it as they see fit as long as they keep the same license and make their modifications public.
The latest release of Mastodon introduces a simplified single-column interface as the new default for new users
With the sad news that KNZK was shutting down we thought it might be useful for people to have a refresher on the features that Mastodon has built in that make moving instances easy and painless.
Backing up Your Data Data export
If you are moving to a new instance the first thing you will want to do is to get a backup of all of your data. Thankfully this process is painless with the Data Export tab under the “Import and Export” page.
To provide a safer experience to new Mastodon users, we are changing the joinmastodon.org server picker
Using the Blurhash algorithm in Mastodon 2.8.1 to generate prettier previews for sensitive media
In this release: Polls, new tools for managing followers, new frontpage design, new admin features, Keybase integration, and more