Simple Steps to a Better World

Finish with Facebook

If you’re looking for an alternative to Facebook, where your privacy is respected, have a browse of some of the options below and then get as many friends signed up at the same time as you in order to make the switch as easy as possible. The alternatives to Facebook I list are fully open source, decentralised, ad-free and privacy-oriented.

If you’ve got FOMO why not make the switch gradually? i.e. Sign up for the new platforms below but remain on Facebook etc. until you’ve managed to spread the word among your community. Once enough of your friends have joined you you might feel more comfortable about saying goodbye to your Facebook account!

Facebook Alternatives

DiasporaDiaspora is a nonprofit, user-owned, distributed social network which consists of a group of independently owned nodes (called pods) which interoperate to form the network. (My profile is here)

ElloEllo is a creators network, a publishing and collaboration platform connecting and supporting a global community of creative profiles. (My profile is here)

WT SocialWT Social, “The non-toxic social network”, is a microblogging and social networking service founded by Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia) on which users contribute to “subwikis”. (My profile is here)

MeWe is branded as the “Social Network of the Future – Here Now!” With no ads and no targeting, you are our customer. Your data is not for sale to advertisers/marketers.

Whatsapp Alternatives (Whatsapp is Facebook)

There are plenty of genuinely alternative platforms to Whatsapp who actually respect your privacy.

Delta ChatDelta Chat is like Whatsapp but without the tracking or central control. It doesn’t even need a phone number and they don’t have their own servers because it uses the most massive and diverse open messaging system ever: your already-existing e-mail server network – You just need an email address to use it.

SessionSession also requires no phone number, is open-source and on decentralised servers. It uses onion routing/IP address masking. If you refuse to compromise when it comes to keeping your identity and your data private and under your control then Session is the best option.

SignalSignal is a cross-platform messaging app. Privacy isn’t an optional mode – it’s just the way that Signal works. Every message, every call, every time. State of the art, end-to-end encryption (powered by the open source Signal Protocol) keeps your conversations secure.

TelegramTelegram is a popular cloud-based mobile and desktop messaging app with a focus on security and speed. Warning: Telegram is only partly open-source and you must also ensure you choose ‘secret chats’ rather than standard chats for full security. This is not possible with group chats. Therefore neither group chats nor standard one-to-one chats are secure.

ZomZom was created by a group of developers with an interest in Tibetan culture and Buddhism. It is a private gathering place for family and friends to stay connected, no matter where you live on the planet. Free, open-source and privacy focussed text and voice messages, fun stickers and easy photo-sharing.

Instagram Alternatives (Instagram is Facebook)

I know this is a tough one. People love Instagram. Even people who hate Facebook. But Instagram is Facebook. The good news is there are similar alternative platforms. As with Facebook, the trick is to get a bunch of friends to sign up to an alternative at a new time and then keep spreading the word. Try PixelFed - Instagram AlternativePixelfed. It’s a similar image sharing platform which is totally ad-free, tracker free and a genuine ethical alternative to centralised platforms such as Instagram. (My profile is here)

Other Alternatives (to platforms not owned by Facebook)

Twitter – Mastodon - Twitter AlternativeMastodon is the social network of the future: No ads, no corporate surveillance, ethical design, and decentralisation. You own your data with Mastodon. (My profile is here)

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