G-Droid can now show comments on apps! 😎

Have you also waited to add a review, comment, rating or note to an app in #fdroid ? Wait no longer! G-Droid has now the ability to show toots as comments. Each app has a special hashtag. Just click on 'Write comment' and add your comment. Let others know what you think about an app. Try it now! ✌️

Privacy and security is equal to Mastodon. #deletegoogle 👁️

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@gdroid Love seeing the progress on G-Droid and the Mastodon integration is awesome – congratulations!

One important note though: Mastodon is entirely public; there’s nothing private about it. It’s important that we don’t conflate protocols that encourage better social communication methods (and discourage abusive behaviour) with those that mathematically protect privacy. Mastodon is awesome, it’s just not private ;)

@aral
@aral
Thanks for the flowers.

I would partly disagree with that. One aspect of privacy is the 'right to be forgotten'. While you might decide to share a status today, you might also decide to delete it tomorrow. You should be in control of your data.

Mastodon implements that better than Birdpage, Goggle or Foobook. Especially since you can run your own instance you can certainly control the deletion.

100% public and still respecting your privacy. #mastodon

@gdroid @aral But all servers that received a copy can technically retain a copy? Mastodon will honor the delete request, but there have already been modified instances that don't respect the privacy settings. Honoring the deletion is up to the receiving instance, which the sender has very little control over.

@jonne @gdroid Exactly. It’s up to the instance owners to decide whether they respect your stated wishes or not.

If messages were end-to-end encrypted, we could talk about privacy.

The last thing I’m sure any of us would want is for someone to read “Mastodon = privacy and security” and to send a DM thinking it was private and secure when it wasn’t. Especially if the consequences of that action might be dire for them (eg., prosecuted minority, activist, etc.)

@aral @jonne @gdroid The way I proposed when Mastodon was first starting was to have profile fields for private messaging options, such as XMPP address and GPG public key. I did some preliminary implementation of that with PostActiv. But the idea never really caught on.

I think it's better to use apps specialized for e2ee for private chat, and to assume that everything on the fediverse is public.

@bob
@jonne @aral

Yes right. What I wanted to say by 'Privacy and security is equal to Mastodon' was: It is as private and secure as Mastodon. Or to say it in a different way: The G-Droid app has no additional features in these regards and uses the existing federated network. G-Droid does not have control over logins, accounts, toots, creation, deletion, etc. ✌️😁

@adfeno @gdroid

The Fediverse still doesn't have a generally used client API, so that's not G-Droid's fault. The Mastodon API is the closest thing.

In the glorious future maybe everyone will support the ActivityPub client-to-server protocol, but currently when writing a Fediverse client, the choice is between the Mastodon API (supported by e.g. Mastodon, Pleroma, PeerTube and Pixelfed) and the extended Twitter API (supported by e.g. GNU Social, Friendica and Pleroma).
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