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It pisses me off how many people trust TechLore, it just spreads privacy misinformation and gives people false security. It is one of the most aggravating things in the privacy community to me.

@ThreeBadgersInATrenchcoat OK, so these are the guys posting at the peertube service at tube.privacytools.io/ ? What's the ratio like? 90% bull?

@redcoqui Yes, that's the one. They're one of the largest privacy channels on YouTube as well. It really goes from video to video ratio wise, and I don't think they have malicious intent, I just think they don't know what they're talking about. Even they're "anonymity test" (which is impossible and just to make people feel better and push TechLore's narrative of easy anonymity) hardly touches on OS, OS hardening, Tor, etc. They also heavily oversell the capabilities of VPNs and things similar

@TheDoctor Overselling VPNs and their capabilities, giving worthless false hope anonymity tests, incorrectly portraying the security of OSes like Calyx or /e/ when compared to Graphene or Linux compared to Windows or macOS, consistent recommendation of insecure browsers like Firefox for both mobile and desktop without even mentioning the security degradation when compared to Chromium, telling people that they should self host email for maximum privacy but then leaving out the immense privacy and

security problems with that approach, giving people false hope of privacy and security on fitness watches, not mentioning that Asteroid OS is and has been out of active development for years and just telling people to go install it if they want maximum privacy, spreading FUD about Mozilla, making it seem like tweaking social media setting or fixing your Google my activity settings is a silver bullet to privacy, and more. They're problematic as most newcomers take everything they say as truth.

@ThreeBadgersInATrenchcoat I see. I haven't watched their videos that much but I confess I tend to believe what I read and hear myself...

@ThreeBadgersInATrenchcoat I am sure they get some things wrong, but we need popularizers of privacy concepts that can provide entertaining videos that the masses will watch and will arouse in further interest in the topic.

I think we need specifics about what they get wrong to have a proper discussion.

@krock Yes we need to spread CORRECT information about privacy to the masses. Overselling VPNs and their capabilities, giving worthless false hope anonymity tests, incorrectly portraying the security of OSes like Calyx or /e/ when compared to Graphene or Linux compared to Windows or macOS, consistent recommendation of insecure browsers like Firefox for both mobile and desktop without even mentioning the security degradation when compared to Chromium, and more, is not the way to do so.

@ThreeBadgersInATrenchcoat Let's help them then to correct for future episodes but encourage the work. I have only seen a few and see they are targeted more for noobs. Going into too much detail about every option will confuse and discourage some people. Practical options are needed for many. I can only comment on one point here before hitting word limit. Graphene is for me with Librem next, but I flashed Calyx onto my family members' phones. It was the best option for them and their place.

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