The #Signal messenger has become very problematic lately, and most of its problems come from it being centralised.
You may want to follow and support a decentralised messenger project instead, there are many of them on the Fediverse:
➡️ @snikket_im - New initiative giving XMPP servers & clients a newbie-friendly unified look and feel
➡️ @xmpp - The XMPP standards foundation
➡️ @matrix - Matrix is best known for its Element client
➡️ @delta - Messaging through email
➡️ @briar - P2P messaging
The whole point of FediFollows is to encourage decentralisation.
Signal continues to be centralised, and its developers seem to block attempts at decentralisation. Now they are using their centralised status to promote a feature that many on here find objectionable.
Given all this, it seems prudent to point out decentralised alternatives, so that we do not end up having to constantly migrate from one centralised service to another.
Decentralised service means if one server does something you dislike, you can block it and move to another without leaving the overall service. Most of your contacts remain intact. Lots do that on the Fedi.
Centralised service means there's only one server, so whoever runs that sets all the rules for everyone. If they do something you don't like, you can either do nothing (and keep your contacts) or leave the service completely (and lose your contacts). No real choice.
@FediFollows @snikket_im @xmpp @matrix @delta @briar Use BRIAR!!! Signal is using “Open Source” as marketing word! they might have the strongest encryption today but that encryption soon will be fade out after a years to come and all your super secret chat that “not stored” on their not update server code for a year are now readable text!
@FediFollows @RaphJ Thanks, I found out that Signal finally published the code for the Signal server, and - if understood correctly - said that if they didn't sooner, it was because they didn't want to publicly reveal they were implementing some cryptography in it. Obviously they didn't manage this part very well. Still, it seems there are no reasons to worry...
It's not about added cryptography but about added crypto currency. And lots of people don't like that.
1.) Your account is awesome
2.) Without Mastodon, I would know so little of awesome software
3.) I wish all developpers of such great safe messengers all the best. It's hard to make many peoples move to better alternatives, but if you wouldn't invest so much into development, it would not just be hard but impossible.
Proud to have already 2 of the list installed... Now looking to convince people to use with me...
@FediFollows @snikket_im @xmpp @matrix @delta @briar I think it's important to signal (haha) that federation is not a silver bullet and that centralization is not the root problem here.
If Eugen started implementing crap on Mastodon against everyone's will, there'd be nothing about federation alone saving us as you cannot move from Mastodon to Pleroma for instance.
The solution is interoperability + nomadic identity so you can move to a new account/soft without starting from scratch.
I think you can migrate your account to a Masto fork if something went wrong with original Mastodon?
Even if you couldn't, you could still move accounts to elsewhere on Fedi, you'd just have to tell your followers to update their follows?
@FediFollows for the fork, yes, but that's supposing you have someone to maintain that fork...
And if you don't, the second option does not make much difference compared to people that have you number just contacting you on another messenging app...
What I mean is that federation is not the only problem here.
Even if we could talk to people on FB or Twitter, they would not want to move if that meant loosing all contacts (we already see this for YouTubers), account redirection must be seamless.
I feel your pain 😩 but the point of using a free open decentralised platform is that it's less likely you'll need to switch again.
There is no one group or person with control of decentralised platforms, so there isn't as much danger of someone ruining them.
With centralised platforms like Whatsapp, Signal etc there is always some single person, group or company in charge, and if they go bad the whole platform can go bad with them.
This is a brand new server run by the main developers of the project as a spin-off of mastodon.social It is not focused on any particular niche interest - everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!