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.

WTAF?

*fumes*

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@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).

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Practical, scary example, can do the trick, but only if you have time to do it properly... :/

@anna @Gargron Oh I will. I don’t think they understand who I am :)

@aral @anna @Gargron How did it go? (and btw, it's unbelievable that Greens and Pirates would ask you to censor so as to *not criticise Facebook*. WTAF indeed)

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may angels sing thee, or valkyries if that's what's needed 😈

(srsly tho, I'm behind you too)

@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.

I agree @matt but never fear, @aral uses his words like scalpals when he's giving the actual talks. See:
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But Aral, you use Facebook yourself? Am I right?

I don't understand. 😮 ☹️

@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.

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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. 🙂

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