German politicians start moving to #Mastodon #Fediverse

#StateGovernment of #BadenWürttemberg:

Members of the #GermanParliament #Bundestag:
@TabeaRoessner Tabea Rößner, #MdB
@KonstantinNotz Dr Konstantin v. Notz, MdB
@ulrichkelber Ulrich Kelber Federal Commissioner for #DataProtection and Freedom of Information, previously MdB

Members of the #EuropeanParliament:
@echo_pbreyer Dr Patrick Breyer, #MEP

In case I forgot someone, please respond!

#Germany #Politics #Government


All of the ones in the list toot and respond on #Mastodon. I did not include those who just use #Twitter bots, feeds or mirrors.

Examples of such bots would be:
@MartinSonneborn Martin Sonneborn, MEP, Twitter bot.
@GrueneBundestag Green party in the Bundestag, cross-posts from Twitter.
@bundesvorstand_bot SPD party federal executive board, Twitter bot.

@gerald_leppert Not true. First one I checked had an RT posted to Mastodon by their bot, and I'm pretty sure most of their posts are just synced. They may respond here, but it's almost always not their first medium and we're treated as 2nd-class citizen (no pun intended).

@gerald_leppert Politicians trying to reach more voters by doing as little work as possible: not exactly a new thing. And as inauthentic as always.

I think that they do cross-posting, but still they react, answer, follow others on Mastodon. If outreach is important, it is understandable that they cater both, Twitter and Mastodon. That's a start hoping that Mastodon is not treated as a 2nd-class medium.

Due to concerns that Twitter, Facebook etc. do not comply with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), data protection commissioners advise public institutions to seek alternatives or even close social media activities.

@gerald_leppert Staying on Twitter means supporting Twitter, and all of their policies, mechanics, algorithms, etc.. Posting to Twitter first is the same as staying on Twitter and feeding leftovers to the fediverse.

@gerald_leppert On the other hand, if there is a legitimate case against Twitter for not complying with GDPR, then their local branches could surely be sued. Not suing them, but implying that they're not compliant, is also completely dishonest.

It is indeed a good question, why the local branch of Twitter is not sued due to GDPR non-compliance.

Instead, data protection offices lead the criticism. The following article (in German) explains that legally not only the network, but also the users are responsible to comply with the GDPR. The data protection office of Baden Württemberg questions that Twitter / Facebook accounts of institutions and companies are legal and urges them to delete the accounts.

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