Riding the Mastodon hype, Vivaldi recently became the first browser to not only have its own Mastodon instance, Vivaldi Social but to also integrate Mastodon into its newest browser version, Vivaldi 5.6. available on Windows, macOS, and Linux.
In the recent update where the company announced its newest functionality, it also explained how Mastodon matched its values to give its users an algorithm-free experience with no surveillance capitalism or data profiling.
According to the company’s press release, From December 7th, 2022, their Mastodon instance, Vivaldi Social, will be integrated into the sidebar of the desktop browser, creating an inbuilt Mastodon client for users. However, users will have the option to add any Mastodon server of their choice to the sidebar.
The new feature does not demand implementation and can be ignored if it is not up your alley. Moreover, the app does not run in the background which means that system resources or valuable bandwidth will not be used unless you open the panel.
Vivaldi Social has expanded to around 11,000 people ever since it went live in mid-November. Vivaldi’s founder Jon Stephenson von Tetzchner explained that they “support the idea of a decentralized federated social media network like Mastodon.”
Along with the creation of its own Mastodon instance, comes the responsibility of dealing with content moderation but the company remains confident that it has the expertise necessary to tackle the thorny issue.
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