Secure Messaging Apps | Skype & Facebook messages aren't private | Summary and Q&A

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April 11, 2018
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Secure Messaging Apps | Skype & Facebook messages aren't private

TL;DR

Popular messaging platforms like Facebook Messenger and Skype no longer offer secure private messaging, as they are spying on and regulating private conversations.

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Questions & Answers

Q: How are Facebook Messenger and Skype invading privacy in private conversations?

Both platforms are actively spying on private conversations and regulating them, with Facebook Messenger having a history of selling data and Skype implementing offensive language regulations.

Q: What are the alternative messaging platforms suggested?

The two alternatives recommended are Wire, an end-to-end encrypted messaging app, and Discord, a community and gaming-centric messaging platform.

Q: What is the downside of using Wire as a messaging app?

While Wire is secure, it has technical issues with mobile devices and syncing between different devices, causing inconveniences.

Q: How can users support developers who prioritize privacy?

Users can vote with their wallet by supporting developers who create private encrypted channels of communication and offering paid options to uphold privacy.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Facebook Messenger and Skype no longer prioritize privacy, with a history of selling data to advertisers and implementing offensive language regulation in private conversations.

  • Tech companies are not only spying on private conversations but also influencing speech and deciding what is appropriate.

  • Two alternatives for secure messaging are Wire (end-to-end encrypted but with technical issues) and Discord (less secure but better than mainstream platforms).

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