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The noted English diarist Samuel Pepys is now live-tooting in real time from 1665:


(Courtesy of timetraveller @philgyford )

p.s. Yes, I know this isn't a privacy-friendly alternative to anything, but it just seems so cool :blobsunglasses:

YES! It worked, the European Parliament rejected the copyright proposals!


:blobcheer: ๐ŸŽ‰ ๐Ÿพ

MEP Julia Reda on what happens next:


On Thurs 5th July, the European Parliament votes on the new Copyright Directive, including (the ) and (the ).

Art13 would mean mandatory YouTube-style content filters on all websites.

Please contact your MEP *today* and tell them to vote against the new Copyright Directive.

Complete list of MEPs with contact details here:


More details on the issues involved here:


.@Framasoft's crowdfunding for has just passed 100%, so it will definitely get funding ๐ŸŽ‰ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿพ

There's still 12 days to go, so the appeal is going for a stretch goal to add even more features ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Well done everyone! ๐Ÿ‘


Do you use , or similar services?

Are you happy with your data, and your users' data, being exploited by third parties for commercial purposes such as shadow profiling?

There are alternatives which let you control your data and offer your users privacy, which you can self-host or use online as a service:



I think this is what's known as shade ๐Ÿค”

What you buy a product for and what the product actually does are diverging at an alarming rate ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ

Why is an electric toothbrush demanding access to your phone's microphone and location? Why does a television send data about you to 700 addresses in the first 15 minutes?

These aren't cheap shady no-brand devices, these are expensive products from big consumer companies.


, the ethical alternative to , has started its beta testing and looks nice ๐Ÿ˜Ž

You can get the latest news on the beta and upcoming by following @pixelfed

Apparently the first PixelFed cat photo was posted by @mike at pixelfed.social/bremensaki

If you use , you are also allowing Google to do whatever they want with your files: they can read them, copy them, give them to anyone else, make derivative works, even publish them online without your permission (see attached screenshot). is similar.

In other words, private files uploaded to Google Drive are no longer private.

You might want to try aware instead, which actually lets you control who gets to see/use your stuff:


Not relevant to privacy issues, but just want to say has the best usernames ๐Ÿ˜Ž

's parent company apparently wants to weaken encryption on the service so that they can access Whatsapp users' data for .

If you or someone you know is still using Whatsapp, you might want to consider switching to a more privacy-conscious ethical alternative:


Tried to start a / account for switching. social, but looks like that's not going to happen after all.

As soon as I finished confirming my email address (hadn't even tweeted!), Twitter locked my account and demanded my phone number.

When I tried to appeal this locking, it brought up a message saying I had to pass a captcha and that Google (!) would collect information about me.

Every step is an attempt to gather far more data than they need.