Germany considers attempting to ban Telegram after it became popular with Covid restriction opponents

The German government said banning Telegram is not off the table and that the popular messaging service has been connected with conservative groups and groups opposing Covid restrictions. On Wednesday, Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said that Telegram could be banned if it continues being used by groups opposing Covid measures to organize. “We cannot ruleContinue reading “Germany considers attempting to ban Telegram after it became popular with Covid restriction opponents”

Rumble CEO Chris Pavlovski speaks out against Canada’s “concerning” internet censorship bill

Chris Pavlovski, the CEO of free speech video sharing platform Rumble, has warned that Canada’s controversial internet regulation proposal, Bill C-10, will give the government the power to “control what you see” and noted that this bill and other internet regulation proposals are making it tough for companies like Rumble to compete with the techContinue reading “Rumble CEO Chris Pavlovski speaks out against Canada’s “concerning” internet censorship bill”

Rumble announces record growth

On Tuesday, free speech video sharing platform Rumble announced that it had reached new highs in terms of user engagement in the week ending January 9, 2022. According to a blog post by the company, it recorded the highest weekly video bandwidth consumption as well as the highest number of videos posted in a week.Continue reading “Rumble announces record growth”

Tucker Carlson joins GETTR

Fox News host Tucker Carlson has joined new Twitter rival platform GETTR. “Welcome to #GETTR, @tuckercarlson!” GETTR’s official account posted. The news excerpt noted that “Another big name has joined the ranks in the fight…” Carlson, the host of Tucker Carlson Tonight, the most popular cable news commentary show, is the latest big name toContinue reading “Tucker Carlson joins GETTR”

Dan Bongino racks up over 2M Rumble subscribers

The Dan Bongino Show’s Rumble channel has reached more than two million subscribers. The number is more than twice the number of subscribers the show has on YouTube as some big names are starting to pull viewers from YouTube to Rumble. Bongino is the host of a nationally syndicated radio show and also has aContinue reading “Dan Bongino racks up over 2M Rumble subscribers”

Congressman Matt Gaetz starts posting to free speech social network Gab

Congressman Matt Gaetz has become the latest elected official in the US to embrace alternative tech this week by posting to free speech social network Gab. Gaetz started posting to Gab yesterday and already has more than 17,000 followers with his posts getting thousands of likes and interactions. The Congressman also started a Gab accountContinue reading “Congressman Matt Gaetz starts posting to free speech social network Gab”

Marjorie Taylor Greene on Big Tech censorship: Don’t trust Congress to fix it, embrace alt-tech

Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, who recently had her account with over 465,000 followers permanently banned by Twitter, has warned that Congress likely can’t do anything about Big Tech censorship and that people should embrace alternative social media platforms such as Gab, GETTR, Telegram, and Rumble. Greene made the comments during an appearance on the TimcastContinue reading “Marjorie Taylor Greene on Big Tech censorship: Don’t trust Congress to fix it, embrace alt-tech”

DuckDuckGo accuses Google of further anti-competitive practices with “Change back to Google search” message

DuckDuckGo, one of Google’s competitors in search, has accused the tech giant of manipulating browser extensions to favor its own products. The accusation adds more fuel to Google’s antitrust problems. In an interview with The Washington Post, DuckDuckGo CEO Gabriel Weinberg said that Google has implemented manipulative design features, or “dark patterns,” to encourage usersContinue reading “DuckDuckGo accuses Google of further anti-competitive practices with “Change back to Google search” message”

Rumble announces its own advertising marketplace to strengthen its “immunity to cancel culture”

Free speech-focused video sharing platform Rumble has revealed that a significant portion of its ad inventory has been moved away from public ad exchanges and into an alpha version of the company’s own advertising marketplace. Rumble said that the change will strengthen its “immunity to cancel culture” by allowing advertisers to “choose exactly what contentContinue reading “Rumble announces its own advertising marketplace to strengthen its “immunity to cancel culture””

Minds lets users build their own newsfeed algorithm

Alternative social media platform Minds has launched a “Build your algorithm” feature allowing users to have more control of their newsfeed. According to the blog post announcing the new feature, it is a tool that accomplishes one of the platform’s core values: “To empower you to take back control of your social media.” The platformContinue reading “Minds lets users build their own newsfeed algorithm”

Senator Rand Paul ditches “worst censors” YouTube, goes all-in on Rumble

US Senator for Kentucky Rand Paul has announced that he’s beginning his exodus from Big Tech and no longer posting to YouTube “unless it is to criticize them or announce that viewers can see my content on rumble.com” Paul said he made the decision after coming to the realization that his relationship with YouTube isContinue reading “Senator Rand Paul ditches “worst censors” YouTube, goes all-in on Rumble”

GETTR sign-ups soar after Twitter exodus led by Joe Rogan and Dr. Robert Malone

GETTR, a new social media platform that is being promoted as a less censorship-prone alternative to Twitter, grew by 170K+ users in a single day, CEO Jason Miller announced. The platform saw a boost in new sign-ups after Joe Rogan and Dr. Robert Malone also joined and on the same day that Congresswoman Marjorie TaylorContinue reading “GETTR sign-ups soar after Twitter exodus led by Joe Rogan and Dr. Robert Malone”

DuckDuckGo is working on a privacy-focussed desktop browser

Due to how central search is to the business models of massive tech – or, as in the case of Google and Facebook, really ad companies – it’s no wonder that cracking that market is particularly hard for any startup offering alternatives. However, one that has seen considerable success in recent years has been DuckDuckGoContinue reading “DuckDuckGo is working on a privacy-focussed desktop browser”

Open-source Cryptomator 2.0 for iOS makes it easier to encrypt files on the cloud

Cryptomator, an open source tool that encrypts files you upload to your favorite cloud service, has released version 2.0 of its iOS app. The app remains open source and has a freemium version. According to its website, Cryptomator “is a simple tool for digital self-defense. It allows you to protect your cloud data by yourselfContinue reading “Open-source Cryptomator 2.0 for iOS makes it easier to encrypt files on the cloud”

RT DE joins Odysee after being censored on YouTube

In response to censorship on YouTube and being taken off air for operating without a license in Germany, the German version of TV network RT (RT DE) is now on Odysee. A press release announcing the move said RT DE will begin posting news deserving attention on its Odysee channel and is also broadcasting live.Continue reading “RT DE joins Odysee after being censored on YouTube”

Free speech company Gab launches payment processing system

Gab, a social platform launched as an alternative to Big Tech’s networks, has shared some details about the way its own payment platform, GabPay, works. First announced back in August by CEO and founder Andrew Torba, GabPay is envisaged as part of a suite of products the company says are free speech-friendly and geared towardsContinue reading “Free speech company Gab launches payment processing system”

Signal increases video call participants to 40

Signal has increased the number of participants in its secure video calls, from five to 40. The feature puts it ahead of its main rivals WhatsApp and Telegram. There are dozens of options for messaging applications in the market. The most notable ones are WhatsApp, Telegram, and Signal, although the first one trumps all theContinue reading “Signal increases video call participants to 40”

Gettr to introduce video format that rivals TikTok

GETTR, the new social media platform from President Trump’s former advisor Jason Miller, is working on a feature to compete with TikTok and Instagram Reels in the short-form video space. GETTR was launched this year in July, as an alternative to Big Tech platforms. The platform is seen as an alternative and competitor to TwitterContinue reading “Gettr to introduce video format that rivals TikTok”

Germany demands Telegram creates a system to accept court-ordered censorship demands

The newly appointed German Federal Minister for Justice Marco Buschmann has called for the prosecution of people who spread “misinformation” and “hate” on social platforms. Supporters of censorship singled out Telegram as the most popular avenue for spreading “misinformation” and “hate speech.” Chancellor Olaf Scholz and the heads of several states are in favor ofContinue reading “Germany demands Telegram creates a system to accept court-ordered censorship demands”