Nope, Mastodon's implementation of direct toots is much better. Direct toots in Mastodon are only visible to those mentioned in toot.
Twitter's implementation doesn't change who can see a direct tweet. Anyone can see and like while only those mentioned can reply.
Twitter's implementation is an amazing opportunity for fake news spreaders since they can mention themselves and nobody can reply and correct their fake news.
Twitter without this new feature will be the better Twitter.
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