Why is my data safer in mastodon.cloud's servers than in Google's, or Twitter's?


Many reasons and first would be that mastodon is not designed to generate profit. Plus I would highly encourage to visit policies.google.com/privacy then you will be able to make decision if your data is safe in their hands. Mastodon is just very different platform, anyway there is much more to it but policies are always a nice place to start becoming aware of why some services are better from others.

@MuzT Is there anything stopping an Admin of any open source social media instance (not specifically this one, I'm also thinking in, for example, D* instances) from selling it, for example? Stating that something is not designed to generate profit is just a matter of security through trust.

Also, I guess it would be easier for a government to seize my data from the Admin's server than Google's. THere's less legal strength that the Admin might flex compared to Google's legal team.

I have to look in to this honestly I have an idea but don't want to miss lead anyone. Im only new to mastodon but what I can tell you have to choose instance carefully and I can ensure that there are good ones.

Google works with governments and many other small services dont. I will give you example of service azirevpn.com/ compare their policy to Googles its way diffrent. Here is a hosting service with a quite good policy rackend.com/
Also have a look on this website you will find some information

@ayin Nothing is stopping Admins to look up all the data you share but Mastodon is not created to be encrypted and secure its all in Plain-Text that can be easily extracted by Admin. Tip don't share personal/confidential information on to this platform for this you can use proper encrypted services. Also private messages are not so private better not to share any passwords etc..

@MuzT (I'll take the time to read the Privacy Policy. Thanks for showing me that.)

No problem, I felt bit sorry for the amount of bullshit Google added to this policy so here is one of many websites that you can use for policy reading. text2speech.org/ simply copy paste and generate text to speech. Enjoy :))

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