Here are some social media alternatives to check out.
Before we get into the alternatives, please understand that all of them will start small. None of them will be able to take on Big Tech without a lot of help and support. We’ve gotten used to free social media because the companies with whom we’ve dealt have virtually raped us, reading our so-called “private” messages, and pillaging our data to sell to the highest bidders. So really, it isn’t that free after all.
You probably won’t find your parents, your best friend from kindergarten, and your Aunt Suzie on these platforms – not yet, anyway. But what you WILL be able to do is speak without fear of censorship. You’ll be able to find your favorite alternative media sources there and find answers that simply aren’t supported by the mainstream.
The only way to change this dystopian atmosphere is to actually make changes ourselves. Go where the freedom is!
Alternatives to Twitter and Facebook:
Alternative for secure email:
Alternative Search Engines:
Alternative to Discord: Update – February 20, 2021
Element is a messenger that gives you the privacy you expect from a conversation in your own home, but with everyone across the globe. https://element.io/
Free and open communication for everyone. Pleroma is social networking software compatible with other Fediverse software such as Mastodon, Misskey, Pixelfed and many others. https://pleroma.social/
Alternative Web Browser to Chrome:
Alternative to Patreon and Paypal:
Alternative to WhatsApp Instant Messaging App:
Update January 18, 2021:
Telegram is under attack, not sure how much longer they will be a free speech platform.
Alternatives for videos: Live Streaming:
Update March 3, 2021 – Just an F.Y.I. Trovo is available as an Apple App. https://trovo.live/
Update January 16, 2021: D-Live is no longer a free speech platform:
Alternatives for YouTube – Video sharing platforms:
Update: February 20, 2021 – – PeerTube, developed by Framasoft, is the free and decentralized alternative to video platforms, providing you over 400,000 videos published by 60,000 users and viewed over 15 million times. https://joinpeertube.org/#what-is-peertube
An All-around Alternative:
https://app.clouthub.com/ allows you to Share updates with friends and family as you do on Facebook, Express Yourself as you do on Twitter, Get Your News as you do on SmartNews, and Create and share videos as you do or did on YouTube.
If you use alternative 8kun here is some information that may be helpful:
It appears that certain ISPs are covertly banning 8kun at the moment; not openly with a warning or”harmful” flag; they are simply acting like the website doesn’t exist by breaking the link in their DNS services so that it appears the website is down when you try to access it.
There are two workarounds to this problem. (black_small_square)
1) Manually change the DNS lookup service that your device uses to Open DNS. Instructions can be found here:
These are the instructions for individual devices.
(You can also change this at the modem/router level but it is a little more technical and requires changing settings inside your modem, which can be harmful if you don’t know what you’re doing.) or black_small_square:
2) If you are uncomfortable changing your network settings, you can download the Tor Browser:
and access 8kun through the following address instead of the regular address: http://jthnx5wyvjvzsxtu.onion/qresearch/catalog.html
If anyone has anymore suggestions, please leave a comment and I will update the post.
We all have to help each other so we can continue to communicate openly and freely with each other.
Thank you in advance. . .