Replace Your Social Media
January 2019 / Updated January 2021
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 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.
Gab is one of two primary alternatives to Twitter. Gab views itself as the free speech version of Twitter and has very few restrictions on content, whether text or video. If its legal and non-pornographic, Gab permits it. 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.
Parler is the other major online alternative to Twitter. In January 2021, it was driven off the internet through the combine, and probably illegal, actions of the major tech oligarchs. Its chief mistake was outsourcing its operations to Amazon, which acted with other oligarchs to take Parler offline. It is not yet known whether it will return to operation.
Mastodon is another Twitter alternative. 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.