I’m Not On Social Media

July 16, 2020 - Published by

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I recently made the decision to delete all of my social media accounts (with the exception of federated FOSS e.g. Mastodon & Lemmy), I deleted my accounts on the following websites/apps: Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Twitter, Reddit, LinkedIn, Google, Discord and Snapchat.

My reasons for deleting them include not wanting to consent to the mining of my personal data by these companies, and not wanting to use proprietary software (i.e. I cannot see or know what happens on the backend of these services). I don’t want to trust companies such as Google (see Google Privacy Breach Timeline for example) with my my personal data.

How to contact me

From now on, I will be using Email, Wire and RIOT.IM/Matrix as contact methods, if you want to reach me, please see how you can do so on my contact page.

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This post was written by Karl Swanepoel