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Parliamentary question - E-005986/2020Parliamentary question

    Use and support of open-source interconnected social media platforms by the Council

    Question for written answer  E-005986/2020
    to the Council
    Rule 138
    Patrick Breyer (Verts/ALE)

    The Council provides information to the public via various commercial, closed-source and centralised social media and content hosting platforms which are not based in the EU and are accessible only to users who agree to legally and ethically controversial practices. Thus far, it has not provided information to citizens via federated (i.e. interconnected) platforms that support open-source social networking protocols such as ActivityPub (e.g. Mastodon, Pixelfed, Diaspora, Friendica, Peertube). These federated platforms (also known as the Fediverse) currently have 4 million users and counting, which is a non-negligable number of people to be potentially reached out to. Their development has been co-funded by the EU.

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