Twitter, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook etc. are all Internet cancers.
There is so much information showing how they all routinely sell your data, data-mine, track you across websites with widgets (“like” buttons etc.) and basically don’t respect user freedoms.
It is very heartening to hear that it’s almost impossible to sign up anonymously. Hopefully it will hasten their demise, but I doubt it since 85% (or so) of desktop users still use Windows platforms, despite their rank abuses.
Consider Twitter’s latest data-mining exercise below, and ask yourself how critical is it to Tweet in your every day life. Worth selling your Internet soul over? No? Then don’t use the service. Simple.
Surveillance capitalism is the defacto business model now, no matter what BS phrase they call it e.g. “personalizing your experience” and so on.
yes, your sort of preaching to the choir here, as I don’t use twitter to post, just read news, and mitigate my goog use as much as possible these days, hence I’m here talking to you, looking for safer way to use the twitt,
if using it safer is not possible, then i’ll just keep using the same account i’ve had for 10 years, but my logic says, starting fresh would be wise , and keep it as pristine as able, I dont really want to join a new VPN, but maybe that may be needed, as now that Patrick mentions it I recall some VPN do group assigned IPs , others allow you to have your own (but those VPNs often sign up via credit cards, and Do log) , so I don’t think that may be a solution
its always a risk/benefit thing, i could just not use twitter at all, but like encrypted email, if you’ve no friends that use it, then you end up living in a cave, great you’ve got encrypted email but no one to talk to …
I’ll study patricks tunnels, but honestly I don’t see how it’s so super risky, to use a clean browser on a public IP once …and I won’t be able to use Tor afaik …unless this Tunnels thing helps…
again, I’d be curious to hear what others have done, sucessfully or not
You’re not able to sign up at all using Tor? I’ve never had that problem. Maybe the e-mail address is the problem. (You still probably need to provide a phone number for verification if you sign up using Tor, though.)
Mastodon is a free, open-source social network. A decentralized alternative to commercial platforms, it avoids the risks of a single company monopolizing your communication. Pick a server that you trust whichever you choose, you can interact with everyone else. Anyone can run their own Mastodon instance and participate in the social network seamlessly.
You could try and sign up with Tor and a throw-away email address from tutanota or elsewhere. Just use the email once, and never use it again. Tutanota will let you sign up with Tor (but restrict emails for 24-48 hours to prevent abuse by trolls).
Then it means convincing users to give Twitter the bird - “Tweet the middle finger” etc.