In practice, the use resembles that of Twitter except that the tweets are here replaced by “toots“, or some “squeak” in French. Big difference with its competitor, the social network is decentralized. It is not administered by a company with a single internet address or on a single server.
They are rather a set of servers, discussion networks totally independent of each other but which can intersect. We then speak of network federations.
There is no single governing body in Mastodon, each “Mastodon server instance“has its own administration and its own moderation.
Initially, this created many problems, like the opening of the net to the general public at the time.
Some authorities focused on a theme, others prohibited it, giving themselves the right to delete the accounts of certain users.
In the end, it was members of Mastodon, in particular network technicians and application developers, who restored some order to the platform. The latter have, among other things, established a code of good conduct and bad practice. The social network was therefore built through the users, for the users, with kindness.