as important as the mental health issues related to social media are (read post below), I think that the biggest threat to our generation and to the global population is the misuse of privacy that these tools are causing. Or better, that the CEOs of the platforms are allowing. I say misuse not because they are not actually telling us how they use our data, in fact, they do. But I disagree completely on a moral and ethical side and I believe there can be a way to use the internet that doesn't involve the psychological manipulation that comes from tailored content and ads.
I decided to create a channel on the messaging app 'Telegram' to share more instantaneous and exclusive content that would be pointless to share with the mailing list. I chose this one for two reasons, the first one, privacy, the second one, the channel does not have any 'like' option, so it doesn't create the instant gratification loop that generates pressure and anxiety. https://t.me/sandiglowe
This app was created by entrepreneur Pavel Durov, a young man who is making privacy the biggest battle for his app.
We said that, if you are not spending money, you are the product, so how does Telegram make money, if not by selling our data to third parties, like other social media do? Reading on their FAQ, (https://telegram.org/faq#q-how-is-telegram-different-from-whatsapp)
Q: How are you going to make money out of this?
We believe in fast and secure messaging that is also 100% free.
Pavel Durov, who shares our vision, supplied Telegram with a generous donation, so we have quite enough money for the time being. If Telegram runs out, we will introduce non-essential paid options to support the infrastructure and finance developer salaries. But making profits will never be an end-goal for Telegram.
Q: What are your thoughts on internet privacy?
Big internet companies like Facebook or Google have effectively hijacked the privacy discourse in the recent years. Their marketers managed to convince the public that the most important things about privacy are superficial tools that allow hiding your public posts or your profile pictures from the people around you. Adding these superficial tools enables companies to calm down the public and change nothing in how they are turning over private data to marketers and other third parties.
At Telegram we think that the two most important components of Internet privacy should be instead:
Protecting your private conversations from snooping third parties, such as officials, employers, etc.
Protecting your personal data from third parties, such as marketers, advertisers, etc.
This is what everybody should care about, and these are some of our top priorities. Telegram's aim is to create a truly free messenger, without the usual caveats. This means that instead of diverting public attention with low-impact settings, we can afford to focus on the real privacy issues that exist in the modern world.
I obviously can't guarantee anything, and I am trusting this as, by reading the story of Pavel Durov (you should check it out, some healthy rebellious stories!) it seems like he is really dedicated to this cause, and he is not scared to go against the governments pressures. If there is going to be any news that prove that Telegram is not being truthful, I will obviously stop supporting it. Only history will tell, but as of now, I certainly don't trust Zuckerberg even tho he claimed to want to do something to protect people's privacy, and Telegram seems the best option. I invite you to make some research online to make up your opinion on the topic.