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The best alternative to Facebook is Diaspora, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Facebook and many of them are so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting alternatives to Facebook are Mastodon, Gab, GNU social and Hubzilla.

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  1. Diaspora icon

    Diaspora

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    126 alternatives to Diaspora 

    Diaspora is a federated social networking service, designed to be a more privacy-aware alternative to Facebook . Share what you want, with whom you want.

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    1.  DecentralizedDiaspora is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    2.  Privacy focusedDiaspora is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    3.  No TrackingDiaspora will not track you or use your personal data.
    4.  Ad-freeDiaspora doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    5.  Support for MarkDownDiaspora supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    6.  Support for ActivityPubDiaspora support ActivityPub, a open and decentralized social network protocol.
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    JohnFastman

    Diaspora's key advantage is that it's based on open source software that multiple servers can run. It does not put your private information, your likes, your contacts and your photos in the hands of one corporation who then use it to increase their own private profits by selling your privacy. Diaspora is much smaller though. The UI feels more like Google Plus than Facebook.

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    Yrdael

    So many possibilities are available. Respectful. Nice and clear. Can be self-hosted.

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    Guest

    group/collaboration function is absent. not a developer, so im sure i do not understand the difficulties in making this happen. but im pretty sure this is the nr 1 reason diaspora is NOT an fb alternative.

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    markswiderski

    I have less privacy concerns with Diaspora than I have when using FB

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    RemovedUser

    Decentralized federated social networks are the only hope for a future internet where discussion is free and private. I doubt most people will use Diaspora or Mastodon, but hopefully the more privacy-conscious of us will help it grow and keep it alive.

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    Guest

    Security focused, privacy, open, and without censorship

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    Guest

    more privacy-aware, self controll OSS not so dangerus for democracy

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  2. Mastodon icon

    Mastodon

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    108 alternatives to Mastodon 

    Mastodon is a Free and Open Source federated social network, made with a focus on more personal interaction.

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    1.  DecentralizedMastodon is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    2.  Ad-freeMastodon doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    3.  Privacy focusedMastodon is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    4.  Support for ActivityPubMastodon support ActivityPub, a open and decentralized social network protocol.
    5.  Two-factor AuthenticationMastodon supports two-factor authentication (2FA).
    6.  Dark ModeMastodon supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    7.  Support for @mentionsMastodon supports the use of mentions through @ to a particular user, who will be notified personally.
    8.  No TrackingMastodon will not track you or use your personal data.
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    Social networking, back in your hands
    You're in control. You decide who you see in your home feed. No surprises.
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    Almost everyone thinks Mastodon is a great alternative to Facebook.
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    Guest

    free(freedom,ad-free,privacy), decentralized, open source... what more do you want

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    Guest

    Mastodon is decentralized and open to all kinds of people. It is closer to Twitter than it is to Facebook. It doesn't seem to attract the alt right like other Facebook alternatives do. I love the interface. It is very well structured and even though you join up for only one instance, you can interact with the whole world!

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    tibi97427

    Mastodon is more an alternative to Twitter than Facebook

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    loziniak

    Mastodon is more like Twitter.

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    Guest

    Non-commercial, allows me to curate a following

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    Guest

    It's is decentralized, without owners, free to post whatever you like and to block whatever you dislike.

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    ndlinn

    Has only a tiny fraction of the functionality Facebook has.

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  3. Gab icon

    Gab

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    • Android
    136 alternatives to Gab 

    Gab Social is an open source and fully decentralized social network powered by the Gab Platform. It is the new social network of Gab.com. This change was made to further Gab's commitment to its users trust and privacy online.

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    1.  Ad-freeGab doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    2.  Privacy focusedGab is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    3.  DecentralizedGab is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    4.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Gab without registration.
    5.  Dark ModeGab supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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    Gab is less moderated compared to other social networks and could be offensive to some people

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    Guest

    Free speech. No censoring. Say what you want, mute anyone that you don't like. GabTV so you can live broadcast. Free.

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    Guest

    No censorship, free, no data harvesting, few bots, friendly and helpful community.

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    williamnapier

    Not a replacement for Facebook. Gab is a Twitter clone. I need something Facebook-ish. Twitter is a bad and confusing format for me personally. Gab being a Twitter clone doesn't fit as a FB alternative.

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    Guest

    Great communities. Free speech. Ability to mute other users.

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    Kedman

    Freedom of SPEACH, for everyone !

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    ikimmybee

    I value free speech, not censorship!!

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    retrojedi7

    It has free registration, decentralized, Fediverse-compatible.

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  4. GNU social icon

    GNU social

    • Self-Hosted
    91 alternatives to GNU social 

    GNU social is a continuation of the StatusNet project. It is social communication software for both public and private communications. It is widely supported and has a large userbase.

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    1.  DecentralizedGNU social is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    2.  Ad-freeGNU social doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    3.  End-to-End EncryptionGNU social has E2E Encryption, for entire or parts of the app.
    4.  Privacy focusedGNU social is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
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    Most users think GNU social is a great alternative to Facebook.
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    Hubzilla

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    • Self-Hosted
    76 alternatives to Hubzilla 

    Hubzilla is a powerful platform for creating interconnected based websites featuring a decentralised identity, communications, and permissions framework built using common webserver technology. Hubzilla is very suitable for communities (of any size).

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    1.  DecentralizedHubzilla is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    2.  Support for ActivityPubHubzilla support ActivityPub, a open and decentralized social network protocol.
    3.  Calendar IntegrationHubzilla lets you sync your tasks and events with your calendar application.
    4.  Privacy focusedHubzilla is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    5.  Ad-freeHubzilla doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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    Almost everyone thinks Hubzilla is a great alternative to Facebook.
    themagician

    Feature for feature, Hubzilla is the best decentralized, open source competitor to Facebook.

    Compatibility with the Diaspora, OStatus (includes Mastodon), & ActivityPub (includes NextCloud) protocols allows it to communicate with nearly every other existing.

    I am happy that after he created Friendica, Mike Macgirvin & friends have continued to push forward by creating and developing Hubzilla.

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    netnut404

    Unlike a centralized platform like facebook you can talk to other federated platforms and with a Nomadic Identity you are never locked permanently to one server , yet you can communicate across to other platforms much in the way that email does. In addition to not being locked.. you never need to give out a new address, you keep in communication when you migrate to another server, plus there are many free servers to use, or you can launch your own instance.

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    the_real_dvs1

    Every user can make private or public forums, a static webpage, an editable markdown based wiki, categorize posts and format them with BBCode. You choose what hub hosts your data, and you can clone your account on another hub to prevent distruption or data loss.

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    MeWe

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    89 alternatives to MeWe 

    Used to be called Sgrouples, now its MeWe offered by the company Sgrouples Inc. On its homepage their motto is "The World's Private Communication Network" and "Join the privacy revolution".

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    Almost everyone thinks MeWe is a great alternative to Facebook.
    rustyknight07

    No ads, better privacy, better features.

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    Guest

    MeWe looks and feels very similar and has some of the same features like facebook with Pages,Groups & Personal Profiles that look more like a facebook profile then some of the other alternatives It also respects peoples privacy and is also ad free and they also support Free Speech to an extent.

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    tedcurran

    Matches Facebook technologically as a platform, but the loudest voices in the community are conspiracy theories, antiscience, and MAGA types -- the platform actually promotes these people as "You should follow". Example: When you search "news", you only get "alternative news", not y'know NEWS. The platform need to attract and promote truthful content to counteract all the "alternative facts".

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    pplcunha

    You can forget about Facebook. Mewe does it all.

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    kuacgraxa

    Better alternative, it's worth it :)

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    AustinAbbott

    MeWe offers almost all of the features Facebook does without ads. They also have a strong stance on privacy.

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    Patchwork

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    51 alternatives to Patchwork 

    A decentralized messaging and sharing app built on top of Secure Scuttlebutt (SSB).

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    1.  DecentralizedPatchwork is based on a decentralized infrastructure with no single entity controlling it.
    2.  Works OfflinePatchwork can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    3.  Ad-freePatchwork doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    4.  No TrackingPatchwork will not track you or use your personal data.
    5.  Privacy focusedPatchwork is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    Discontinued

    Patchwork v3.18.1 was the last release.It is no longer in development since May 2021. Furthermore, the GitHub repository was archived.

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    erikbjare

    Patchwork (and SSB as a whole) takes a bold new approach to social networks where users own all their data. The development team is going strong and they truly have a vision for the future of online communication.

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    Vero

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    59 alternatives to Vero 

    Vero is a social network for anyone who loves anything enough to share it – and wants control over who they share it with. Just like we do in real life.

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    1.  No TrackingVero will not track you or use your personal data.
    2.  Ad-freeVero doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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      WT Social

      • Online
      79 alternatives to WT Social 

      WT Social (formerly WikiTribune) is a privacy-focused and ad-free social network that places a special emphasis on evidence-based journalism. The platform survives on the generosity of individual donors to ensure privacy is protected and social space is ad-free.

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      1.  Privacy focusedWT Social is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
      2.  Ad-freeWT Social doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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      Face Slim

      • Android
      • F-Droid
      38 alternatives to Face Slim 

      Face Slim is an unofficial Facebook application for Android devices that resembles the Facebook Mobile Web Application before Facebook started removing features. FaceSlim is free of spyware, unlike what is built into the official Facebook and Facebook Messenger applications.

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      1.  Ad-freeFace Slim doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
      2.  LightweightFace Slim consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
        Discontinued

        The app seems no longer updated. Last version, 3.4.1, released in September 2018, can be still downloaded from GitHub and F-Droid

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