Ditch Big Tech!
Big Tech companies like Facebook have far too much power and have proven themselves to be unworthy of our trust. It’s time to stop increasing their profit share and start using alternative platforms. If you’d rather not help increase their profit share, take a look at some of the alternatives below.
VK – The Russian equivalent to Facebook, it’s extremely similar and a number of silenced voices have headed over there for their social media fix when being kicked off Facebook. It was seen as somewhere you could speak your mind without fear of censorship but recently there have been instances of conservative voices being kicked off the platform for who they are rather than for what they’ve said. It’s worrying to see this happen but it does appear these cases are (currently) few and far between. Get it on Android / iOS.
Gab – Probably the next closest you’ll get to a full Facebook experience in terms of features and how it works. The layout is similar, you have a timeline, comments, videos, photos and you can follow people.
Unfortunately that’s where the similarities end. Gab is run by a staunch Trump fan and although anyone and everyone is welcome on the platform, it’s rare to see anything other than conservative views. The platform offers so much potential but it really does only appear to be used for news & politics. Granted, some of the posts on there can be hilarious but it’s a bit of an echo-chamber and nobody seems to use it for posting more random/personal things like you get with Facebook. Another downside is there’s no dedicated app available for it, you just access it from your browser. There are some positives for Gab though, if you want to use it for posting news/politics it seems very good. You can get some good interaction and lots of banter, there’s no censorship like you get with Facebook.