Twitter’s Bluesky Releases First Code for Decentralized Social Media Network

Bluesky, a Twitter-backed project to “develop an open and decentralized standard for social media,” has released its first bit of code.

The code, known as Authenticated Data eXperiment (ADX), contains a software developer kit, as well as server implementation and basic commands for things one might do within a social network, including creating posts and liking others’ posts.

According to the Bluesky team, the release of the code at such a stage is part of its commitment to “work in the open and share our progress.”

ADX uses “self-authenticating data,” the goal of which is to allow individual users to port their own data between networks.

Second, Bluesky’s team tweets, “It’s not possible to have a usable social network without moderation.” That might be a news flash for those who equate Elon Musk’s plans for maximalist free speech on Twitter with a zero moderation policy.

Jack Dorsey established Bluesky in 2019 while he was still Twitter CEO, and the project made progress in 2021 with the publication of an ecosystem review of various decentralized technologies and applications, including the blockchain-based InterPlanetary File System and Ethereum microblogging platform Peepeth.