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(Apologies for subtooting. I want to be more sensitive about jumping into other people's conversations, lest the new place start to look too much like the old place.)

There's plenty of room to demand improvement. End-to-end encryption and tighter controls on (or elimination of) the use of "aggregate" personal info would be huge wins over the status quo. I even have faith that we can build privacy tech to be deployed widely and easily. Until then, only a few companies actually meet the bar, and they are the big ones everyone worries about.

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Apparently some people I follow here are of two minds on how to model private user info security with hobbyist-run federated services vs. monolithic tech co's. There are only a few big co's I'd trust to defend user info from both external and internal attacks, but I'd trust them a lot more than anyone smaller, no matter how well intentioned. Tight fine-grained internal restricted access, logging, and auditing are hard problems requiring experience, public pressure, potential whistleblowers.

I rage-quit Twitter at the end of November in 2016. As someone who has worked in online communities for close to 20 years, I couldn’t stand being a member of a community where the people in charge cared so very little for their users. We worked very hard at Flickr to make sure that people were safe. Your company isn’t the government and you can delete any account at any time for any reason. If you create a community, it’s your jobs to ensure that it’s safe for all.

I fixed the "follow all" error on, sorry for the trouble

... ooh mastodon's web client doesn't inline media players...

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