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Alternatives to Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp

Alternative to Facebook

Facebook is by far the hardest thing to replace. It's the one social media platform that doesn't have a great alternative, but there are some options.

1. MeWe

Although it's not open source, MeWe works a lot like Facebook, but it's a more closed community. You access MeWe through its mobile app. It has a great privacy policy but not a large user base. I joined and was able to get about 10 friends to come with me, but no one used it, so that didn't seem to be a viable replacement.

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The federated internet has some replacements, such as Diaspora and Friendica, but they suffer from even fewer users than MeWe and are not all that user-friendly at this point in their development.

So, rather than trying to replace Facebook, I looked more towards communication alternatives and other services and landed on Mastodon.

2. Mastodon

Mastodon is by far the most successful of the federated sites. It's also totally open source, easy to use, and cares deeply about user privacy and safety. Mastodon feels far more like Twitter than any other social network, but it features a much longer word count and great controls over who can see your posts (public, followers only, or unlisted). You can add content warnings to images or posts if you're posting about sensitive topics, so only those who choose to click the message will see what you're posting about.

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Alternative to Instagram

1. PixelFed

Another up and comer that is federated and just as easy to use as Instagram is PixelFed. Like Mastodon, you join through an instance (the most popular right now is Pixelfed.social), and you can choose how you wish to share your photos and who can follow you,. Unlike Instagram (which works best through its proprietary app), you can use it on your desktop or through your favorite mobile web browser. If apps are your thing, some people are developing PixelFed apps.

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Alternative to whatsapp

1. Wire

For people I don't want to have my cellphone number, I use Wire, an end-to-end encrypted messaging platform that allows you to sign up with a username instead of your phone number.

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2. Signal

For people I want (or allow) to have my number, I use Signal, which is by far one of the most trusted end-to-end encrypted chat platforms around.

Fortunately, both Signal and Wire are open source projects. Both apps feature group chats, media sharing, phone calling, and even video calling. Not only can they replace Facebook-owned apps, but they also can replace regular SMS and iMessages.

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3. Telegram

Telegram is supported by Pavel Durov and his brother Nikolai. Pavel supports Telegram financially and ideologically while Nikolai's input is technological. To make Telegram possible, Nikolai developed a unique custom data protocol, which is open, secure and optimized for work with multiple data-centers. As a result, Telegram combines security, reliability and speed on any network.

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