The Corporation behind and the Admins of Twitter can see your “Private Messages”
The Corporation behind and the Admins of Facebook can see your “Private Messages.”
The Admins of Mastodon can see your Direct Messages. They aren’t private.
With Mastodon, you can spin up your own instance and be your own Admin.
Ultimately, don’t use any of these tools for actual private messages. Use Signal, Matrix/Riot or another end to end encrypted messaging tool.
@tinker It would be neat to see Mastodon implement signal protocol e2e encrypted chat as their DM system instead
@facts_the_alt - It would still only be End-to-End. And the admin controls one End. They’d still be able to read DMs. (E2E only protects data in transit).
There are ways to protect data at rest against certain types of privileged user, but not for what we’re talking about here.
Mastodon’s answer is to let you be your own admin. And for many, thats exactly what they do.
@facts_the_alt - I should say, this only applies if you want to read the messages clear from the web app. If you sent an encrypted message and downloaded it to your host, then your host (not the Mastodon instance itself) becomes the endpoint.
You can address this without needing Mastodon to do it. You just need a thick client that can send the encrypted message through the Mastodon network.
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