Reports that twitter is looking for a buyer have caused concern among twitter users, worried at the prospect of of their data, relationships and an invaluable alternative media platform being owned by Google, Facebook or some other wealthy surveillance capitalist outfit, or worse!
This prompted Nathan Schneider to propose to buy twitter and operate it as a cooperative, owned by its users. This is an admirable and preferable alternative, and one which I plan to support, but which to me is both going to be rather difficult to achieve (raising billions in up-front funds and subsequent revenue), and also not the best long term solution (privacy, censorship and sustainability).
So I will support it - though perhaps hoping it can be a stepping-stone to a better, thoroughly decentralised solution where we can avoid the vulnerable and costly server based infrastructure, and its inherent vulnerabilities: the privacy, censorship and funding risks apparent with the existing Twitter Inc. corporation.
I have therefore explained the SAFE twitter alternative to those folk currently organising the twitter buyout. They have understandably asked people not to derail their discussions with such alternatives, which is why I’ve created this topic as a place for us to consider a SAFE Twitter Chat App as an alternative destination for twitter users.
This topic is a place for us to discuss a SAFE Twitter Chat App - something that a twitter co-operative might one day willingly choose to pivot to should Nathan’s plan be successful, or which groups of twitter users might move to should twitter cease to be the thing it is today, either through change of ownership or other changes necessary to sustain its business model and satisfy shareholders, government surveillance etc.
This topic is not intended as a place to get involved with the Buy Twitter Plan - though we may well discuss aspects of the plan, and note its progress here, as I think it has relevance and potential synergy with an alternative SAFE Twitter Chat App.
I have drawn this to the attention of @Seneca, our man from Project Decorum in case it can be a suitable platform to enable such a development.
This is not a proposal from me to develop this App, and if others are already doing so I welcome their projects or their input here. I’m busy with other stuff, but will chip in as a big twitter user and fan, as well as a big fan of SAFEnetwork who would love to see all those twitter users find a better home on SAFEnetwork
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