Facebook is everywhere
Wire Messenger is a secure, end-to-end encrypted messaging application and one of my preferred contact options. I’ve been a (mostly) happy user of it for nearly two years – however, I discovered that their integrated GIF service, Giphy, was recently bought by Facebook.
What can I do?
Wire is a free software project, and the project does focus on privacy, so it would be a good start to contact them and make them aware of this.
Ideally they should integrate an alternative that Facebook doesn’t own, and that respects user privacy.
I am still going to be using Wire, but I’ve blocked Giphy in my /etc/hosts file as follows:
You can look up specific instructions on editing the hosts file depending on the operating system you run, but this is possible on rooted Android phones, GNU/Linux systems, MacOS and Windows. Unfortunately, on non-rooted Android and iPhone, editing the hosts file is not possible, as you do not have administrative privileges over the device you allegedly ‘own’.--------
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This post was written by Karl Swanepoel