Do you remember when Facebook bought WhatsApp and they told us that WhatsApp won't be sharing any data with Facebook?
"WhatsApp Will Delete Your Account If You Don't Agree Sharing Data With Facebook"
If I saw "WhatsApp won't be sharing any data with Facebook" I didn't process it as useful information or anything remotely true.
@hund I'm looking for a good messaging app for our times, if there's one. Is there a NA producer's favorite?
@maxpowers1 It was Jabber, but they sold the brand Jabber to Cisco and created the open standard under a new name called XMPP.
You could also check out Matrix with Element as client.
It has the same feature set as XMPP but some people say it's more user-friendly and perhaps flashier. :)
That's why I use it to communicate with some of my friends. They complained about XMPP not working properly. After I switched them over to Matrix/Element they stopped complaining.
TL;DR: both of them are great alternatives to whatsapp.
@maxpowers1 @hund From the UX I found it usable :)
I quit because I am not willing to pay the high price, which is my personal information.
Plus I am not trusting a piece of software that says "This chat is end-to-end encrypted" but at the mean time being completely closed source, doesn't give me access to my key pair and doesn't say what it is using to encrypt the messages. It also doesn't allow its users a way to verify if the end-to-end encryption is valid.
WhatsApp likely uses its own servers to perform some kind of validity checking to see if the end-to-end encryption hasn't been tampered with.
But why should you trust anyone except yourself with your personal data?
End-to-end encryption has to work with the least amount of trust possible! This can only be achieved if the only one you trust are those you chat with.
@maxpowers1 @hund Another funny thing is that most just say "I have nothing to hide" when it comes to privacy.
I actually found a decent usage for this senseless argument.
Programs who are closed source have something nasty to hide, because otherwise they would be open source since then they "have nothing to hide".
@hund i never forgave whatsapp for their betrayal of the public trust pre-facebook. first, the devs cut the community from modding whatsapp when much if the improvements were driven by cide contributions from public. second, it was always strange that whatsapp refused to work with tablets and computers for no apparent reason than absence of a phone service on the device. remember when whatsapp refused to install on an android tablet sharing the same release as a phone?
@hund but whatevz. those days i was advocating #pownce, then #jitsi. jitsi worked on #symbian. i am not so egotistical as to be angry people did not take what i chose. i am angry because people always follow hype and the unethical, then relieve those that benefit from the wrongs of the responsibility to clean up their shit; passing the sin on to those that have the technical knowhow but benefit not. cf invidious.
@hund Ah yes. Good ol' Facebook. I hope they bring this up in the anti-trust hearings.
Also, I suspect FB are going full asshole before regulations kick in.
"In stark contrast, Signal collects no metadata, whereas Apple's iMessage makes use of only email address (or phone number), search history, and a device ID to attribute a user uniquely."
XMPP doesn't need "sealed senders", because it's not a centralized services to begin with.
Good feature sets?
XMPP and all the software around it is well maintained as well. It's also supported AND used by many well known companies.
It's also a lot easier to use. It's also not exclusive in any way. You can use it however you want to use it.
@hund Facebook is the evil.
Apple “ataca” a Facebook al mostrar cuántos metadatos capta Whatsapp de sus usuarios con un iPhone
Free riding to say link to signal app:
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