Wow, just had the Pirates/Greens pick through my EU parliament presentation slides with a fine tooth comb in a phone call and try to get me to change what I’m saying so as not to criticise Facebook, etc. WTF?
Never had anyone try to censor what I say before. Of course I will speak my mind verbatim tomorrow and if anything this means I won’t be accepting any future speaking engagements at the EU parliament for these parties.
@aral Do you have more details about this? It's very surprising, as I've never heard of Pirates wanting to limit criticism about GAFAM, so wtf just happened? :|
@vanecx Yeah, right? Similarly in shock.
@vanecx @aral Don't you remeber some other belgian crews... we where "allowed" to criticise the GAFAM, but there was no willing, neither support to use anything else but Gmail, Facebook, Dropbox and other shits like that.
At the end, I felt censored in my willign to suggest alternatives like the current Mastodon or even the Wiki.
And I've the feeling that it divided us.
We can talk, but not changing.
You can use somthing else than GAFAM but we will still using them.
Yes, I remember that! But even they wouldn't tell us to not criticize Facebook, even if they use it everyday and it's hypocrisy. So I'm not here trying to defend pirates above all, but it just sounds so absurd to me that maybe there is a missing piece in the puzzle that might give it another light.
@aral strength ✊ and support from me for your presentation. I don't agree with all your positions, but I would never try to censor you. Please continue speaking truth to power.
@torgo Thanks, Dan.
@aral If you make a speech on their behalf tomorrow, what you'll say might engage their hard-earned "non-radical" reputation.
@aral (I haven't seen the slides)
@harald Thanks. Good to know I’m not the only one that thinks so.
@aral If you wanna talk with someone you can call me on Signal, I think you have my number
@Gargron Hey Eugen, thanks, man. I’m going to go in there and give the talk I’m going to give tomorrow. I hope I will do Mastodon proud and I hope that I will show them how centralised differs from federated differs from peer-to-peer and how Facebook, etc., are scum of the earth and do not deserve a place at the table (they have one tomorrow, of course).
@aral @Gargron My only suggestion would be to not call Facebook or any people in similar tech organisations "the scum of the earth", but rather use terms like disingenuous, hypocritical, or insincere. The inflated emotions might not mean people take you as serious and dismiss your statement as hyperbole.
@Federkiel @Gargron I don’t, so you’re wrong. But beyond that, also stop victim blaming people who do use it or are forced to use it and other mainstream technologies because their communities etc. use them or it’s their only means of attempting to engage in modern life or even to protest the platforms themselves. Instead blame the people who invest in and build exploitative tools.
Thank you for information. Yesterday I was on a website, I meant it was yours with a facebook button. So I was wrong, excuse me.
Being active part of "mainstream technologies" and on the same time protest against it - I (actually) have another opinion about that than you. Me too, I don't use them to show others: I survive without, we do not depend on them, we just believe that
BTW: I blame people who build these tools day by day, there is no reason to blame me for that. 🙂
@aral @Gargron Let me guess – they were #Pirates from Czechia? One Czech MEP told the #fnf19 participants who visited the EP in Brussels a week ago that his party intends to expand their presence on Facebook and "hopefully" Instagram.
When I then asked him to publish everything on the open Web as well, he would not promise anything.
@chpietsch In his public answer to Aral, he says he is critical of FB (https://twitter.com/vonpecka/status/1196705624953905152). The conundrum is well known: if we only communicate on decentralized platforms, we can only reach people who are already convinced. Criticizing the GAFAM on FB may be bad for my karma, but as of now, many people I want to convince can only be reached there.
@aral @Gargron The usual answer would be "compromise", because politicians don't have the individual power to make changes, they generally work on trying to get consensus for "one step better" rather than "a complete fix".
So someone is trying to get Facebook to take one step, and you're trying to burn them to the ground? You don't have to play their games.
@aral How dare they ...
@aral God speed you in your quest, show them all that you can! You're one of the best people for that job that I am aware of.
(Disclaimer: In case you are not a God kinda person, please insert your favorite deity or natural force as the first word of the previous sentence and read it again.)
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