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"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

Purism Introduces A New Social Network Named ‘Librem Social’

Tired of your digital life being exploited online? Librem has been working on privacy-enhanced solutions. (See my past article about Librem at https://tinyurl.com/yxlt8ywe.) Now the company has added a new social network, Librem Social, available for both iOS and Android. According to the announcement:

Librem Social is part of a network of social network servers already boasting over 2,000,000 users! Two Million! Follow friends. Make new ones. Share stories, pictures, and videos with them. Librem One is ready and growing. Fast.

One of Librem Social’s most important features is that, unlike all other social hosts, it is entirely opt-in. You only see posts from people you want to follow. This means you are not force-fed an unrelenting stream of manipulated content specifically targeting you… We also do not advertise to you. Not at all. Which means we have no reason to track you. Simple, right…?

Librem Social is proudly built on Mastodon, part of what is known as “The Fediverse”, as well as many other Free Software projects that we actively work with and contribute to. The Fediverse is the decentralized replacement to MySpace, Orkut, Friendster, Google+, Twitter and Facebook (can you spot the trend?). The Fediverse already exists, and it is growing. What makes the Fediverse different to its forebears is that it has no central domain — not even a central service. It’s composed of lots of services, all of them speaking (mostly) the same protocol, known as ActivityPub.

The new social network is part of Librem One, “the suite of privacy-protecting, no-tracking apps and services created by our team at Purism” which also includes Librem Mail, Librem Chat, and the encrypted VPN tunnel Librem Tunnel.

Categories: Online Privacy & Security, Uncategorized

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