Replace Your Social Media
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.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.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.
Currently, Gab is the primary alternative to Twitter. Gab views itself as the free speech version of Twitter and has very few restrictions on content, whether text or video. Although open to everyone, Gab has become the primary destination site for those anti-progressives who are being censored, banned, or who have had their content “shadow banned” by Twitter.
Recently, online progressives – working with the major Big Tech corporations – have attempted to drive Gab off the Internet by successfully pressuring various online companies to cut off various Internet services to them. As of today, and following a brief exile from the Internet, Gab has found the necessary services to return to the Internet.
At the same time, Gab has also come in for recent criticism from the right for its apparent willingness to compromise its anti-censorship policies in order to stay online.
Mastodon is another twitter alternative. Although not as user friendly or as technically sophisticated as Gab, it is the larger site with over a million users. Mastodon is also Gab’s superior in some technical aspects. It is an open source platform and is decentralized in its organization. Mastodon is essentially a series of independent users and groups of users. You join those groups that you find of interest. The down side to this is that each group is actually its own site. For example, there is no single app for Mastodon that you can download to your phone, but only apps that you can download for 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.