How to live without Facebook

Since the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the use of data from millions of Small Facebook iconFacebook accounts, the social network has been under increasing pressure. Mark Zuckerberg may have apologized, but it's not enough. The Facebook action dropped and a #deletefacebook campaign was launched, supported by the former head of Small WhatsApp Messenger iconWhatsApp Messenger. More recently, many other scandals came up about its security and its total disrespect for users' privacy.
But is it easy to leave Facebook? And what are good alternatives for the various services owned and operated by Facebook?


First of all, if you wish to keep using Facebook, I would strongly recommend that you install Small Facebook Container iconFacebook Container in order to isolate your Facebook identity into a separate container and make it harder for Facebook to track your visits to other websites with third-party cookies. I'd also suggest to use Small uBlock Origin iconuBlock Origin to block most ads and trackers while you're on Facebook or Small Instagram iconInstagram.

If you're ready to delete your Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp accounts, just follow these links:


Now that we've deleted our accounts, let's look at some viable alternatives to the various services Facebook now owns.


  • Diaspora

    Free Linux Web BSD Self-Hosted Ruby Website

    Service to replace: Small Facebook iconFacebook

    Diaspora is a software to manage a decentralized and secure social network application. Created in 2010, the Diaspora* project aims to provide similar functionalities to Facebook-like services on the basis of a decentralized system that allows Diaspora "nodes" (instances) scattered throughout the world to communicate together. Each participant can thus communicate with the others regardless of the instance on which he is registered. Because of this, anyone can host their own instance: individuals, companies, associations, communities...

    Also worth mentioning: Small Minds iconMinds, Small Friendica iconFriendica and Small Movim iconMovim

     

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  • Feedly

    Freemium Web Android iPhone Chrome OS Android Tablet ... iPad Apple Watch Chrome Safari Kindle Fire Firefox Website

    Service to replace: Small Facebook iconFacebook news feed

    I personally use Small Twitter iconTwitter for my news feed. But for those of you who don't trust Twitter or simply don't want to use it, one of the best solutions is to use RSS. It's a news aggregator protocol that allows you to follow the websites and news outlets that you like without all the ads and clutter. The best part is RSS doesn’t decide what you do or don’t see, everything arrives chronologically (unlike Facebook). Feedly is probably the most popular RSS reader but there are plenty of others.

    Also worth mentioning: Small Tiny Tiny RSS iconTiny Tiny RSS, Small Reeder  iconReeder and Small Reddit iconReddit

     

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  • Signal

    Free Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone ... Android Tablet iPad Chrome Ubuntu Touch Website

    Service to replace: Small Facebook Messenger iconFacebook Messenger

    As Google’s messaging apps lineup is a real mess right now (Hangouts is good but rarely used and we don't want to use that), and with Facebook in charge of Instagram and WhatsApp, the other genuine alternatives are Signal and Small Telegram iconTelegram. I prefer the former for its security (unlike Telegram), stronger encryption, and the fact that it's fully open-source.

    Also worth mentioning: Small Briar iconBriar, Small Tox iconTox and Small Riot.im iconRiot.im

     

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  • PixelFed

    Free Web Self-Hosted Website

    Service to replace: Small Instagram iconInstagram

    PixelFed is a decentralized and federated image sharing software under development.
    In addition to replicating Instagram's features, the functioning of PixelFed is:

    • Decentralized: Each instance can track one or more other PixelFed instances to allow their respective members to interact. A first public body pixelfed.social limited to 10,000 members has already been created.

    • Federated: Via the ActivityPub protocol, PixelFed can interact with other software that are part of the Fediverse, such as Small Mastodon iconMastodon or Small PeerTube iconPeerTube for example.

    It is also possible to import your data from Instagram.

    Also worth mentioning: Small Flickr iconFlickr and Small 500px icon500px

     

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  • Wire

    Free Personal Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Android Tablet iPad Website

    Service to replace: Small WhatsApp Messenger iconWhatsApp Messenger

    Wire is an open-source and secure cross-platform instant messaging application that allows you to chat with your contacts and also share and exchange images and videos with support for making voice and video calls. All your conversations are synchronized in real time on each device with the Wire application for Android or iPhone, as well as on your desktop computer.

    Also worth mentioning: Small Threema iconThreema, Small ChatSecure iconChatSecure and Small Signal iconSignal

     

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  • Meetup

    Freemium Web Android iPhone Blackberry Android Tablet ... Windows Phone iPad Blackberry 10 Website

    Service to replace: Small Facebook Local iconFacebook Local and Facebook Events

    One of Facebook's most used features is undoubtedly Events. Whether you want to organize your next birthday or look for events near you while on holiday, Facebook Events is pretty great. But since we're ditching Facebook, let's take a look at the competition.
    Meetup is a platform designed to find and create local communities. People use Meetup to meet new people, learn new things, find support, get out of their comfort zone, and live their passion together.

    Also worth mentioning: Small Framadate iconFramadate, Small Doodle iconDoodle and Small Get Together iconGet Together

     

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  • Zulip

    Free Mac Windows Linux Web Android ... iPhone Android Tablet BSD Self-Hosted Website

    Service to replace: Facebook Groups

    Zulip is a group chat app that combines the immediacy of real-time chat with an email threading model. With Zulip, you can catch up on important conversations while ignoring irrelevant ones. The features are impressive. Conversations in one-to-one, in group, notifications, history, search in it, emoji support and especially a nice API with already a lot of third party services.

    Also: Small Mobilize iconMobilize, Small Slack iconSlack and Small Discord iconDiscord

     

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  • craigslist

    Free Web Website

    Service to replace: Small Facebook Marketplace iconFacebook Marketplace

    Craigslist is a centralized network of online communities with sections devoted to jobs, housing, personals, for sale, services, community, gigs, resumes, and discussion forums. It was created in 1995 and is today one of the most visited websites in the world (19th most visited website in the USA and 119th in the world according to Alexa).

    Also worth mentioning: Small OfferUp iconOfferUp, Small Shpock iconShpock and Small eBay iconeBay

     

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Leaving Facebook is not easy. Facebook operates many services (Instagram, WhatsApp, Events, etc.) that are pretty useful for everyone's daily use of the Internet. But knowing what Facebook does with your personal data and the various security leaks it has suffered in the past, you should ask yourself if the services and benefits Facebook provides are worth the cost.



Comments on How to live without Facebook

tvgoing1
· 10 days ago · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Craigslist isn'tthe safeist nor the less scaming place, ebay would be better than Craigslist and less scammy.

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