Replace Your Social Media

January 2019

Facebook and every other major social media site track, monitor, and record your interactions with other people on those sites. They also engage in the deliberate censoring and suppression of any communications that do not fit their progressive beliefs. Here is a list of social media replacements that are designed to not spy on you and that do not engage in political and religious censorship.

 

Minds 

Minds.com is the primary alternative to Facebook. As of January 2018, it had two million active users as compared to Facebook’s 2 billion. Minds can also be used as an alternative to Twitter and YouTube.  It employs end-to-end encryption on its website, as well as asymmetrically encrypted chat messaging, to completely protect user privacy. Anything you say or do on Minds can be seen only by those to whom you give permission.

Google has recently banned Minds.com from buying ads on Google’s search results and on the many thousands of websites that run Google ads. Although Google is not in direct competition with Minds, except in the limited sense that Minds hosts videos, there is a strategic reason for Google’s policy. Minds is a social media platform that does not spy on its users. And this is behavior that Google does not want to encourage.

 

Oneway

Oneway.com is another alternative to Facebook and Twitter. Like Minds, it does not spy on its users and it also employs end-to-end encryption. It hosts videos and can be used for crowd-funding. Although open to everyone, Oneway is oriented to being a social media site for conservatives and Christians. Its user rules reflect that orientation.

 

Gab

Currently, Gab is the primary alternative to Twitter. Gab considers itself to be the free speech version of Twitter and has few restrictions on content, whether text or video. Although open to anyone, Gab has become the destination site for anti-progressives who are being censored, shadow-banned, or banned from Twitter.

Progressive organizations, working with the major Big Tech corporations, have engaged in an ongoing campaign  to deprive Gab of technical and financial services in order drive it off the Internet. As of now, Gab has managed to find the necessary services to maintain itself online. 

Gab has also come in for criticism from the right for allowing account-holders to engage in speech that they argue is libelous.

 

Mastodon is another Twitter alternative. Although not as user friendly or as technically sophisticated as Gab, it has a much larger number of people using it. Mastodon is also Gab’s superior in terms of how it is organized. It is an open source platform and completely decentralized. Anyone can start and control their own social media group and Mastodon consists of a universe of such groups. The down side is that each group is its own social media site. There is no single app for Mastodon that you can download to your phone, but only the apps that you can download to access specific groups.

 

Idka is an interesting alternative to Facebook. Located in Sweden, it is a subscription-based service that is available in English. In addition to providing Facebook-type social media, Idka provides email, document storage, and document transmission. Idka also allows you to engage in online chat and messaging, and allows you to create public and private groups. All of these activities are guaranteed to be as private as you want them to be through Idka’s end-to end encryption system. And unlike “free” services, since Idka is a subscription service, there are no ads, no interruptions, and no tracking.