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Harm minimisation for social network users

The alternative to harm minimisation for social pariahs

You don’t want unaccountable monopolies mining every intimate detail of your personal relationships and deepest confidences?

Then don’t use social networks.

OK, in fact, not using them is harder than you’d like, because

How do you say? I’m quitting Facebook, except for all the parts I currently use:

after I post this status, I will be quitting Facebook, except for groups, events, messaging, sharing my take on controversial op-eds, promoting my podcast(s), and seething with jealousy about my friends’ positive life updates.

Pretend to be on social media but don’t actually bother

80% of my strategy is this. See faking being on social media.

But that means I can get off social media?

Maybe. Scott Locklin summarises the fakebook extraction: Download your data. Delete your account.

Oh wait, your friends keep on using Facebook messenger to organise their lives? FFS, friends.

Practice social surveillance hygiene to reduce harm

use Facebook in mobile Safari, with an adblocker, and delete the iOS native app — helps a lot AND saves you from tons of ads and 3rd party cookie tracking. Not to mention wonders for the battery.

Wonder if that’s correct?

Roll your own social network

90s style! V. Cypherpunk!

Probably the entry-level here is Gitter (gitter source) which in principle you can run yourself if you have a trusted OSX server lying about. Its sort of like Slack, apparently? Now you are responsible for your own security. Is that better?

Solution: one-up everyone and use decentralised networks.