BBC Reportedly Launches an Experimental Mastodon Server

BBC reportedly launches an experimental Mastodon server. This is coming as the BBC is now trying out a new Mastodon server for the duration of six whole or short months whatever it is that you think.

BBC Experimental Mastodon Server

BBC Experimental Mastodon Server

The BBC has just launched its very own “experimental” Mastodon server, thus marking one of the first major news outlets to establish an instance on the Twitter alternative. You can easily get access to the server at, which as you should know encompasses posts from a handful of BBC accounts, which is inclusive of BBC Radio 4, BBC Taster, BBC Research & Development, as well as a couple more.

The BBC states that the outlet will try out the server for the duration of six months just before it decides “whether and how to continue.” And while you actually cannot create accounts or posts on the server, you can however still leave replies from the instance(s) that you are making use of, as well as also follow its accounts.

BBC Concerns Regarding Content Moderation

The BBC despite this still has some concerns regarding content moderation, as Mastodon does not have a dedicated moderation team and therefore leaves it up to individual servers instead. This simply means that the BBC will not be having any form of control over what people say in their replies to its posts, but it, however, says that’s an “acceptable risk.”

This hands-off approach to content moderation as you should know can always backfire, however, as Stanford researchers just recently found that Mastodon has become rife with child sexual abuse material (CSAM) due to the varying moderation policies that there us across instances.

The BBC’s Comment on the Recent Development

“The principles of the Fediverse, with an emphasis on local control, quality content, and social value, are far more aligned with our public purposes than those of avowedly commercial networks like Threads or Twitter,” the BBC reportedly writes. “We aim to learn how much value it has provided and how much work and cost is involved.”

Twitter owner Elon Musk butted heads with news outlets in the early parts of this year after Twitter began incorrectly applying “government-funded” labels to some accounts, and this is including the BBC. And in addition to the BBC, the Financial Times has also tried to move away from the social media networking platform Twitter simply by establishing its very own Mastodon server.

The Financial Times Reportedly Shut Down Its Mastodon Server

The Financial Times however shut it down just a couple of months later, stating that, “Mastodon has proved more hassle than it’s worth.” And in addition to sparking legal and reputational concerns, the Financial Times has said that the growth of its server resulted in an “exponential effect” on its reported cost to maintain it. The BBC might just have a much different experience, though, since the platform and server is not allowing users to create accounts on the instance.



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