@nahuelwexd Ah, didn't know about that Telegram feature.

When an encrypted message is sent, we send it to ALL of your devices (each of which has its own encryption key). My understanding is that Telegram can only do a secret chat on one device for this reason.

Our e2e is also more resilient to certain kinds of attack, and we don't know who you're talking to. My understanding of other e2e services is that they DO know who you're talking to, just not what you say.

@hund I work at Signal and here are my two cents: Signal is incrementally better than the incumbents, but it's not perfect.

I think more people realize that corporations don't have users' best interests in mind. Switching to Signal is a big step in that regard even if our underlying technology is similar.

A decentralized or federated Signal (Matrix? Berty? Briar?) is my dream, but...baby steps!

(Note that I'm not speaking for Signal here; just my opinion.)

@stevenroose I work at Signal and here are my two cents: Signal is incrementally better than the incumbents, but it's not perfect.

I think more people realize that corporations don't have users' best interests in mind. Switching to Signal is a big step in that regard even if our underlying technology is similar.

A decentralized or federated Signal (Matrix? Berty? Briar?) is my dream, but...baby steps!

(Note that I'm not speaking for Signal here; just my opinion.)

@nahuelwexd I work at Signal, so I'm biased. But a few things make me prefer it over Telegram:

1. It's a nonprofit, not a company. That doesn't mean we're automatically perfect, but our incentives aren't the same as a business's.
2. Telegram's security is not as strong as Signal's. For one, secure chats aren't the default on Telegram; on Signal, all chats are secure and synced.
3. Signal's "Note to Self" feature is really useful IMO.

Again, I'm biased, but that's my take.

@gomez Lots of people are switching to Signal. (Disclaimer: I work at Signal.)

@mathew A great post. I agree with this basically 100%. (I can't speak to our organization's motivations too well, but I think this is our tack as well.)

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@tessaracked I don't have an Instagram and don't know much about this...is there a good place to learn more?

@rd @lrvick @benk @alcinnz I work at Signal and here are my two cents: Signal is incrementally better than the incumbents, but it's not perfect.

I think more people realize that corporations don't have users' best interests in mind. Switching to Signal is a big step in that regard even if our underlying technology is similar.

A decentralized or federated Signal (Matrix? Berty? Briar?) is my dream, but...baby steps!

(Note that I'm not speaking for Signal here; just my opinion.)

@jgbarah As someone who works at Signal, thanks for posting this!!

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For all their problems, I'd like to thank computers for giving us a glimpse of a better world.

A bright and colorful world of overwhelming abundance. A world in which we all have superpowers.

A world in which we are free to be ourselves. A world in which we can find others we want to be with, and keep others who are toxic to us away.

The dopamine we get from interacting with this better world is not fake. A better world can be addiction-forming of course, like food. Who wouldn't want more?

@jrss They generate an account number and you send them money for that account number. It's unusual, but more anonymous, at least in theory.

@jrss I've used Mullvad for awhile and have liked it. Their most novel feature is that you don't have an account, but I've found it to be solid other than that. My two cents.

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"...the less you know about something, the less value it has to you, and the easier it is to destroy. And by easy, I mean: guiltlessly, remorselessly, foolishly, even righteously." theguardian.com/commentisfree/

@Sirsquid Makes no sense to me, seems like you were suspended for no reason. Maybe there's some non-obvious rule.

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