Twitter says an attacker used its API to match usernames to phone numbers
@Gargron see this is why mastodon is good nobody asks me for a telephone number that someone can steal
@Gargron Twitter says an attacker used its API to do the thing its API is for
@Gargron Microsoft accuses attacker of using Microsoft Word to write a document
@Gargron It is a confirmation that their feature works. For whom are interested in it.
@Gargron "State-sponsored attacker" was what it said on twitter!
@Gargron so basically what happened to Telegram during Hong Kong protests, pro-police attackers were simply adding contacts with phone numbers and Telegram matched it to real accounts, then they were searched in protestors groups. After this was disclosed Telegram added check to disable this feature, Twitter had it since beginning and even asked when you were adding your number, thanks for this at least.
The politics of bird site
@Gargron ah yes twitter wanting my phone number “just for verification”
Do people not think this bullshit through
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For new Mastodon users, here's a short video explaining how each "instance" (aka server) on the network can chat with others, to create "the Fediverse".
It's similar to allowing FB to communicate with Twitter on a common platform, but without any corporate influence.
The future of social media is nonprofit, and the future is now.
The "network effect" makes it hard for Berners to leave Twitter unless they have a crisis (suspension, or friend suspended).
It's also addictive, Twitter algorithms push pleasure seeking via dopamine hits to medicate the pain of being on Twitter (blue-checks, trolls, misinformation, etc).
So this is what we face when trying to get Berners to join Mastodon.
I can't do it alone. In fact, singular proponents like me look weird to the Twitter-addicted.
I need your help.
I am glad if people want to use the cross poster to send their toots from Mastodon to Twitter.
Unfortunately, most do the opposite. They never are active on Mastodon, and the crossposter floods Mastodon with all their tweets and retweets.
It ends up spamming us here and adds nothing to our community building efforts.
Here's a link for those who want to try it out. https://crossposter.masto.donte.com.br/
Jasper, if you (or anyone else with the know-how) wants to create an alternative to the crossposter, that's fine by me, but I'm not sure what it would do differently.
The developer is still active. I saw him chatting with @EverydayPeople a few weeks ago, helping troubleshoot its use.
The Twitter API is required for it, so that means Jack has to "approve" of the project. 😬
Server run by the main developers of the project It is not focused on any particular niche interest - everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!