Mastodon: Your DMs can be read by the admin(s) on your specific instance.

Twitter: Your DMs can be read by the entire Twitter Corporation.

@tinker that is not true - and they might be safer with such a big corporation (with clearly defined policies for access and very knowledgeable devops) than with a random Mastodon admin (who may or may not be running all security updates every night). Sais this random admin :-)

@arjenpdevries Mastodon isn't a private messaging tool (there's no (auditable) end to end encryption) but you can't pretend it's "safer" to blindly trust a company run by surveillance marketing. It's not "safer" at all, it's defective by design.

Any big corps get hacked on regular basis… "knowledge devops" is not a valid argument. Especially when those companies practice mass surveillance for money.


@devnull @tinker well, I agree that surveillance capitalism is a flawed model. However - the large corporations in this mass surveillance economy will spend huge resources to keep their data to themselves. The model requires trust - which is fragile.

An analogy: Do you trust just anyone on the street with your money? No, you put it in the hands of a large corporation called a bank.

PS: I definitely think decentralized social media are the future!


@arjenpdevries @devnull - But my data is not insured (can’t be insured) the way my money is. Corporations are easily breached. My data easily accessed. If my money is stolen at a bank, I still keep it because the bank is insured. Not the same for my data.

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