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The social network is unusual:

-You can view and post messages while offline. It updates when a connection is next available.

-It optionally supports , so you can connect to others without the internet.

It's still quite tricky to use, but a new app called is trying to make it easier:

manyver.se/

Currently on Android (on Play and soon F-Droid), with iOS and desktop Win/Mac/Linux on the way.

The latest version of doesn't delete Google cookies even when you ask it to delete all cookies:

twitter.com/ctavan/status/1044

It also does some dodgy stuff with logging people into Google:

techcrunch.com/2018/09/24/secu

Chrome is made by Google, who make vast amounts of money from invading people's privacy.

The best easy-to-use alternative right now is probably Firefox:

mozilla.org/firefox/

If you're not familiar with Friendica, it looks like this nowadays:

EU people! πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί

The second vote on is this Wednesday!

Please call/mail your MEPs today and tell them to reject Article 13, as it would mean content filters on the whole internet.

MEP contact details:

europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/map

Phone calls work best. If you can't phone, write an email *in your own words*. (Using your own words is really important!)

Your region may have more than one MEP, contact several if appropriate.

Please share πŸ‘


saveyourinternet.eu/

Hello EU citizens! πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί

There is one more vote on in the European Parliament on Wednesday 12th September.

Please call/mail your MEPs and tell them to reject Article 13, as it would mean content filters on the whole internet.

Contact details here:

europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/map

Phone calls work best. If you can't phone, write an email *in your own words*.

Your region may have more than one MEP, contact several if appropriate.

Please share πŸ‘


saveyourinternet.eu/

The most ethical is one you keep for as long as possible.

However, if you have to buy a new one, there are a couple of models you might consider:

@Fairphone - Modular made with a more ethical supply chain and greater environmental considerations. Available now:
fairphone.com/

@Purism - The Purism Librem 5 runs proper Linux (not Android) and is designed to be as private and open source as possible. Due out in April 2019:
puri.sm/shop/librem-5/

Some screenshots to give an idea of what it's like to use.

It features a familiar -style timeline in the middle, an FB-style events system, and there's also groups (sort of).

If people want to switch from Facebook, this could be a really nice alternative for them once is added.

It also works as a feed reader, you can "friend" RSS addresses and they then appear in your timeline as if they were users.

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

@samuelpepys

(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!

WELL DONE!!!

:blobcheer: πŸŽ‰ 🍾

MEP Julia Reda on what happens next:

twitter.com/Senficon/status/10

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:

europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/map

More details on the issues involved here:

saveyourinternet.eu/

.@Framasoft's crowdfunding for has just passed 100%, so it will definitely get funding πŸŽ‰ πŸ‘ 🍾

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

Well done everyone! πŸ‘

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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:


webform.com/


limesurvey.org/

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

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.

theguardian.com/technology/201

, the ethical alternative to , has started its beta testing and looks nice 😎

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:

switching.social/ethical-alter

Not relevant to privacy issues, but just want to say has the best usernames 😎

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Mastodon

mastodon.at is open to all users and federates with most instances.

πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ή πŸ‡¨πŸ‡­ mastodon.at ist offen fΓΌr alle User und ist mit vielen anderen Instanzen verbunden.