New Pinned twee-thread over on the other place:
Networks should not have owners.
You can find me at http://boing.world/@pre
I want to read your status updates! But Facebook and Twitter etc. will not forward them to me. They give me adverts and influencer-posts and anger and hate instead.
Let me know where I can find you.
There is no such thing as a private message on a social network. You can get private messages from Signal or other E2E, you can not get them from a social network.
Elon can now read your Twitter "DM" messages.
And someone just like him always could.
Even worse: Their robots always have been.
Google's robots have been reading your email since you got a gmail address.
Zuck can read every word you ever posted on FB.
He can't read your Whatsapp messages, but he does know who you sent them to and if they replied.
The robots though, they are actually reading Facebook.
And not just what you post: but how long you pause between key-taps, how long you scroll for, where you like or giggle. If you wear the watch maybe even what your heart-rate was when you scrolled it.
And if Zuck doesn't have that data now, he can always just buy the company next year. Or the year after. Or the year after.
Elon just bought your private messages.
Are you okay with networks having owners?
You are probably not welcome on my community http://boing.world - its only for friends. I have no desire to moderate strangers. If you know what it is then you are welcome.
But there are many other communities at http://joinmastodon.org and we can all talk to each other.
http://astrodon.social - Astronomy folks
ioc.exchange - Infosec Folks
writing.exchange - Writers
Those are the ones I see kicking off most as everyone walks out of here.
Let me know where you will be.