Google is a "cornerstone sponsor" of FOSDEM this year, which is being run entirely on Matrix, accessible on Android via Element, which has just been pulled from Google's Play Store. FOSDEM is in a week. This all makes perfect sense.

They're going to have a heart attack when they find out what Google Search and Chrome will show you.

#FOSDEM should stop taking money from #NoGoogle, as this allows Google to play the nice guy while actually destroying our society by surveillance.

@mhoye These conferences really do need other sponsors, I know google contribute to free software but they also go against what some free software ideas stand for, certainly freedom and privacy.

@mhoye Sometimes I feel like Google has two personalities. The open-source loving and good company Google and the proprietary, privacy invasive and anti-competitive Google.

@admin one of those personalities is clearly subservient to the other.

@mhoye The app was restored to the store a few hours ago after a VP at Google reached out to the Matrix people, and they addressed reports Google had about some problematic content on a Matrix network, apparently.

Take a look at the original post where they added an update:

@pauljacobson @mhoye

Good for them to be able to "establish contact" and "establish a channel". Others, I'm sure, are not so lucky.

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