Privacy-friendly alternatives to Facebook that don’t track you

People are starting to wise up to what Facebook is doing with your data.

In fact, according to the Ponemon Institute, trust in Facebook took a 66% Plunge in 2018. Over the past few years, Facebook has been collecting vast amounts of data of all its users, which quite frankly is scary. You can see exactly what Facebook has on you by downloading your data zip file here.

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Believe it or not, there are plenty of social networks and messaging apps that you can use instead of Facebook.

FB Birthdays, Friends

  1. Monica- Open-source personal CRM. It lets you quickly and easily log all those information so you can be a better friend, family member, or spouse.
  2. Amicu- Privacy-focused contact manager with reminders for birthdays and keeping in touch. Social media is a feed of ads stealing your time. You want to stop, but stay close with friends. Amicu helps you to catch up. You meet and call again. Now, you’ll enjoy real connections.
  3. Hippo - Contact notes for remembering personal details. It helps you stay attentive. Keep track of friends, family, and colleagues you care for. So next time you meet, you remember all their important details.
  4. Contact Cache - Calendar and contact apps. It is a new contact manager that allows you to store more than just contact information, turning it into a powerful personal relationship manager. It runs in your browser and also on your phone. No, install necessary.
  5. Yubo - A social network about socializing. It is a simple network that focuses on live streaming. The platform does collect some data. But a lot of it comes with completely optional activities. Even better, Yubo is pretty transparent about data collection. The privacy policy is easy to understand and all of the terms are laid out for you to read.

FB Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram Messenger

  1. Telegram - A cloud-based mobile and desktop messaging app with a focus on security and speed.
  2. Signal - A cross-platform centralized encrypted messaging service. It uses the Internet to send one-to-one and group messages, which can include files, voice notes, images, and videos. It can also be used to make one-to-one and group voice and video calls, and the Android version can optionally function as an SMS app.
  3. Jami - Jami (a GNU package) allows to make free and secure audio or video calls, to send pictures and messages around the world, without depending on a centralized service. Jami is a Free and open-source software that is fully decentralized and distributed.
  4. Threema - Threema Work is a secure and privacy-compliant messaging solution for organizations of all types and sizes. It’s used for both internal and external communication by large corporations and small to medium-sized enterprises, government agencies and police forces, hospitals and blue light organizations as well as NGOs and educational institutions.
  5. Session - An end-to-end encrypted messenger that minimizes sensitive metadata, designed and built for people who want absolute privacy and freedom from any form of surveillance.
  6. Wire Personal - A secure, privacy-friendly messenger for personal use. It combines useful and fun features, audited security, and a beautiful, distinct user interface. It does not require a phone number to register and chat. End-to-end encrypted chats, calls, and files, Crystal clear voice and video calling, File and screen sharing, Timed messages and chats, Synced across your phone, desktop, and tablet

FB Profiles, Pages, and Feeds

  1. Micro Blog - Network of independent microblogs, with replies, conversations, and a timeline to follow friends. It’s versatile enough to fit your blogging needs: short or full-length posts, photos, podcasts, videos, and more.
  2. Mobilizon - Ethical alternative to Facebook events, groups, and pages. No likes, no follows, no infinite wall to scroll: Mobilizon leaves you in control of your attention.
  3. Mastodon - Decentralized open-source social network. It allows users to create their own private networks.
  4. Upstract - News aggregator with a community of curators. It is the web’s most exclusive society of refined news enthusiasts.
  5. Spacehey - Retro-look social network, indie-made. It is a friendly online community for you and your friends that lets you communicate with each other, share content, and discover new content and people.
  6. NetNewsWire - A free and open-source RSS reader for Mac, iPhone, and iPad. It shows you articles from your favorite blogs and news sites and keeps track of what you’ve read. Take back control of your news.
  7. Mewe - Privacy-focused, ad-free social network. It provides an uplifting social media experience in the spirit of human camaraderie.
  8. Whaller - A tool to help you be more efficient. Discover a simple, collaborative, and all-in-one solution which guarantees protection, control, and peace of mind.
  9. Friendica - Decentralized open-source social network. Seamless wall-to-wall posts and remote comments, even across different network nodes. One-to-one private messaging on supported protocols. Private conversation groups — on these pages all communications are restricted to group members.
  10. Diaspora* - Decentralized open-source social network
  11. Vero - ‘Ad-free & Algorithm-free’ social network. Optimized for connection, not addiction, putting you in total control.

FB Groups

  1. Mobilizon - Ethical alternative to Facebook events, groups, and pages. No likes, no follows, no infinite wall to scroll: Mobilizon leaves you in control of your attention.
  2. Mesh Communities - A social media platform that radically reimagines advertising to benefit people, communities, creators, and brands. Create ad-free communities or receive 60% of ad revenue.
  3. Geneva - A safe and welcoming city of private groups, each with its own personality and purpose. Build an authentic, tight-knit community.
  4. Discourse - Discourse is the 100% open source discussion platform built for the next decade of the Internet. Use it as a mailing list, discussion forum, long-form chat room, and more!
  5. Groupspot - Group communication tools. Getting together should be fun, not a headache. Don’t let your communications weigh you down by relying on email, group text, and multiple apps. At GroupSpot, they’ve built the ultimate group communications platform optimized for community, utility, and privacy. Start building your Supergroup today.
  6. Cocoon - A special messaging app for sharing daily life with people you feel close to today, and want to feel even closer to tomorrow. Rescue your most treasured threads and give them space to thrive.

Instagram (owned by FB)

  1. Pixelfed - A free and ethical photo-sharing platform. It is a decentralized photo-sharing network based on the ActivityPub protocol, the same one that Mastodon uses. For a lot of people divorced (or wanting to be) from Instagram over mental health concerns and issues like forced consent to post-GDPR terms, a decentralized social network like PixelFed sounds like an exciting and promising alternative.
  2. 500px - Photo discovery and sharing. The new 500px app works very much like Instagram. There’s the main feed for viewing, commenting on, and favoriting photos from the people you follow, and a section for shooting and editing your own. There’s a discovery section where you can search for tags and users, as well as view popular photos sorted into various categories. Rounding out the app are sections for notifications and your profile.
  3. Vero - ‘Ad-free & Algorithm-free’ social network. Optimized for connection, not addiction, putting you in total control.
  4. Flickr - A photo-sharing platform and social network where users upload photos for others to see. It’s a photo-centric platform built for professional photographers and photography enthusiasts to show off their work while enjoying the work of others.

FB Events

  1. Mobilizon - Ethical alternative to Facebook events, groups, and pages. No likes, no follows, no infinite wall to scroll: Mobilizon leaves you in control of your attention.
  2. Framadate - Event scheduling and planning. An online service for planning an appointment or making a decision quickly and easily. No registration is required.
  3. Upcoming - Share and discover events from friends and others. (no privacy policy, but open source)

Giphy (owned by FB)

  1. DuckDuckGo GIF Search - Find GIFs with the latest and newest hashtags! Search, discover, and share your favorite Duckduckgo GIFs. The best GIFs are on GIPHY.
  2. Gfycat - Not privacy-focused, privacy policy page did not load. Gfycat is GIF hosting platform that allows users to create, discover, and share GIFs through their mobile phones and computers.
  3. Imgur - Not privacy-focused. An image hosting and sharing site, favoured by users of social media and social news sites including Reddit, Twitter, and Digg because of its ease of use and flexibility.

FB Marketplace

  1. OpenBazaar - Open marketplace with zero fees and open-source. It’s a peer to peer application that doesn’t require middlemen. Data is distributed across the network instead of storing it in a central database.
  2. Craigslist - Not privacy-focused, but less tracking than FB

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