Non-toxic social network
Last updated: August 5, 2022

Here’s our favorite non-toxic social network: Mastodon.

Why: Today’s giant social networks make money on surveillance, manipulation, and amplification of toxic content. If you’re tired of the garbage on Twitter and Facebook, head over to Mastodon: a decentralized, non-corporate network of Twitter-like servers. Without the constant need to monetize “engagement,” Mastodon provides a more civil, low-key platform for posting and networking. And it’s free.

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(On Mastodon, follow Good Reports founder Mark Hurst:

     --> See also: Moa Party, an open-source tool intended to allow cross-posting between and Mastodon and Twitter.

     --> See also: Aral Balkan’s thread on following PeerTube accounts on Mastodon.

Other options offers pointers to “a diverse community of interconnected social platforms” - including Mastodon (as listed above) and many other decentralized platforms not owned by Big Tech

Friendica, a decentralized social network created and maintained by a group of volunteers

GNU social, “social communication software for public and private communications . . . [as] part of the GNU project, it’s 100% free software, with no malicious features or spyware”, a link-aggregator-style community, as described in this announcement post

Nitter, “a free and open source alternative Twitter front-end focused on privacy,” according to its About page.

SpaceHey, “a space for friends,” was started by a German teenager and is currently supported by sticker sales and ads (with no tracking).

Slow Social says it’s “a social network built for friends, not influencers.” Still in development.

Metafilter, a long-running link-aggregator community

MLTSHP, a volunteer-led community for sharing and commenting on images, an independent community of microbloggers (see this review by Alan Jacobs, who a few days earlier was on Techtonic - click "Pop-up player")

How (and Why) to Avoid Twitter (by James Milin-Ashmore on, Sept 2019) recommends Mastodon and, as we do above, as well as Movim, Aether, and Scuttlebutt.

Diaspora, a decentralized social network originally based on an NYU project (see Wikipedia entry), a corporate social network claiming to be privacy-focused. Be aware of a political angle: Inside MeWe, Where Anti-Vaxxers and Conspiracy Theorists Thrive (by EJ Dickson in Rolling Stone, May 2019) reports that "a large number of [MeWe] users skew toward the right-wing or even right-wing extremist end of the spectrum."

Cancel, a parody of social networks. Watch the video on the homepage for an explanation.

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