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Hey everyone! Just a friendly reminder that this instance is privately-operated and does have a code of conduct. It's a simple one but it does exist!

I highly recommend people check it out and use common sense and there won't be an issue. We are highly responsive to user reports made as well, and if you don't think we're handling something quick enough you can always ping me. Definitely want to discourage instance blocks to avoid fediverse fragmentation 😄

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I should have a pinned message to new users.

Welcome to everyone! If you have any questions feel free to mention me in a post or DM and I'd be happy to answer them!

Also, adding a profile picture, bio, and an post will go a long way towards discovering new and interesting people in the fediverse 😄

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Remember: don't confess to crimes online. Not even if they are cool and good crimes, and not even in DMs, on any social media platform. Save it for in person or over E2E comms.

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Some tips from the EFF (

Before the Protest
- Enable full-disk encryption on your device
- Remove fingerprint unlock and FaceID
- Install Signal
- Back up your data
- Buy a prepaid, disposable phone
- Consider biking or walking to the protest (to avoid Automated License Plate Reader Systems)

During the Protest
- Take photos and videos without unlocking your device
- Enable airplane mode

After the Protest
- Scrub metadata on photos


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Trump: liberate Minnesota
People: start protesting in Minnesota
Trump: wait not like that
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xmpp is my favourite way to not receive messages

What the fuck


Here’s the video footage of the MN State Police’s bizarre arrest of the CNN crew.

The CNN crew clearly identified themselves, explained why they were there, & offered to move to wherever police instructed.

Still arrested w/o explanation.


Massive shoutout to Techlore (of and YouTube fame) for sponsoring PrivacyTools 🎉 😄

As an aside, we've just reworked our sponsorship program starting at $10. If you enjoy what we do at PrivacyTools, please consider supporting us and our endeavors! Check it out at

Well you don't see this every day, we have a true leader here in Minneapolis. Hopefully the county attorney does the right thing []

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It's unclear who's behind the surge in bot activity or whether they're originating from the US or abroad. Nearly half 'reopen America' Twitter accounts are bots: report - Business Insider

Man, long distance data transfers are no fun. Almost finished :)


Just a reminder for everyone, the Matrix homeserver is going offline in a few hours, but it should definitely be worth it, the new server is crazy (we'll be back ASAP!) :P


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Are we enabling bad behaviour on the part of tech companies by simply disabling their #privacy intrusions at the browser level, instead of actually getting them to change their ways?

(Please choose one...)

#tech #business
#mozilla #firefox
#dev #website

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Watch out, Chrome Safe Browsing was quite privacy aware so far, it just checked URL hashes. Now it's full blown real-time monitoring of what you actually browse... and link it to your Google account.

Not that it did anything else if you had your browsing history synced to cloud 😂

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buying a terabyte of RAM so i can run three electron apps at once

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Pretty bold move 😆


Read ‘Why you don’t need a VPN’ - the first post in our blog series ‘VPN Worst Practices’. It covers misleading marketing messages and common misconceptions on what VPNs are useful for.


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Centralised apps have a crucial flaw. Zoom just purchased Keybase rendering it unsafe IMO.


Join a mastodon instance that suits your needs.

Looking for a good social proof solution following Keybase's acquisition this morning? Check out @wiktor's decentralized solution built on PGP! I'm setting my key up now 😄

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