Think back to the Before Times and you might remember that Matt Hancock was not the disgraced UK Health Secretary, but the head of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. You may also remember that he took his portfolio so seriously that he had his own mobile application developed: “Matt Hancock MP”.
And even The Wall Street Journal, apparently far from its US-centric broadsheet news turf, noted that the app now has more than 243,000 users, with only 200 of them actually following the MP. Hancock of course resigned as Health Secretary last year after he was filmed having his own adventure: breaking COVID-19 social distancing rules.
The WSJ ironically claims Twitter users are using the app for shelter from the Elon Musk-shaped storm that has engulfed the internet’s “town square”.
Like omg, totally. You are so random xD
Mr. Hancock disapproves of such shenanigans, as noted in the app’s guidelines:
Obviously, the WSJ is dishonest. The real reason Hancock’s app lights up is because the MP is somewhere in the Australian jungle eating bugs and kangaroo genitals as part of a reality TV car crash. I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here. Below is a sampling of the type of content you can enjoy on Matt Hancock MP (yes, we signed up so you don’t have to).
Thing is, the app works quite well as a rudimentary Twitter analogue. Along with the homepage, which looks a lot like it would if you followed the MP on any other social media site (which we don’t), there’s the ‘Have your say’ page. , which functions as a newsfeed showing what other users have written.
But the self-proclaimed “cockers” seem determined to post Hancock-related content – with no West Suffolk issues in sight – so having a meaningful discussion still seems a long way off. Although that’s not always possible on Twitter either.
The i am a celebrity stunt attracted viewers because Hancock is far from the most popular guy in the country. Many see his handling of the UK’s response to the pandemic as inadequate and blame him for the death of loved ones or the inability to see them in hospitals and care homes. The real slap in the face, like ousted Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ‘Partygate’, was when he was caught on CCTV in a heated affair with a colleague. Hancock was married at the time – not to the colleague.
It’s one rule for them and another for us. What if we wanted to have an affair with a colleague?
As a result, he’s spam-voted to complete the show’s most revolting challenges, usually involving eating exotic animals whose lives have been wasted for our entertainment. We do not recommend it.
Juggernaut on the move
Away from the glamor of Matt Hancock’s News Feed, Mastodon creator Eugen Rochko “tooted” (equivalent to “tweeted”) that the open-source microblogging platform now has one million more users than the 380 000 it counted at the end of October, showing that there is some appetite for a real alternative to Twitter since Musk’s $44 billion takeover.
However, it has its flaws. Mastodon runs on a federated network of servers, and users must choose one when signing up – although they may see activity on other servers. While not a deal-breaker for those familiar with the old internet infrastructure, users said the added hurdles would do Mastodon a disservice in winning over Twitter followers — who can simply choose to. stay put despite the roaring dumpster fire he has become. .
Meanwhile, The register thoughts are with West Suffolk locals who joined Matt Hancock’s app to keep up to date on local issues, only to see it become a meme. ®
It looks like the Matt Hancock MP app is a political donation from Disciple Media if that “cocker” is correct.