Twitter has a new rival that is not only decentralized but also backed by Jack Dorsey, the creator of the same microblogging site currently run by tech billionaire Elon Musk.
Nostr, the decentralized social media app that is short for Notes and Other Content Broadcast by Relay, launched this month on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store and is advertising itself as a decentralized alternative to Twitter.
Nostr is an open protocol that aims to create an anti-censorship social network available to everyone all over the world.
Unlike other social media platforms, Nostra does not rely on a trusted central server and all of its users run clients.
Each user can publish content or write posts using their private key and using Relay. They can also share content or distribute messages.
Dorsey retweeted the app’s announcement on Wednesday, calling its launch a “milestone for open protocols.”
The co-creator of Twitter is somehow connected to Nostra as he donated 14 bitcoins, or about $245,000 at the time, to help fund the initiative and even added his Nostra address to his Twitter bio.
Interestingly, while Musk is still developing Twitter as the pivot as a payment system, Nostra has built-in payments through the Bitcoin Lightning Network.
Touting itself as a social network that can be controlled by users, Nostra promotes that it gives users full control over their data, does not require a KYC process and all messages are encrypted. Secures with end-to-end encryption.
Nostr has been warmly welcomed by various individuals and communities who have tried their hand at the new open protocol platform since the launch of the product.
Whistleblower Edward Snowden praised the new app because unlike Twitter it is not limited to 280 characters.
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