I'm in chock! Who could have seen this coming? (/s)

"Snapchat employees abused data access to spy on users" -

@hund Isn't that also owned by facebook? Nothing to worry about then, same as with the plaintext passwords that thousands of employees had access to. Facebook said no-one looked at the passwords though, so move along, nothing to see here.

@hund By necessity we put a lot of trust in whoever hosts our data.

Mastodon could end up in a worse position because it's hard to audit who is hosting each server and what their privacy and security policies are.

How do the users on my server know that I don't rummage through their private DMs or store the backups insecurely or apply the latest patches?

@caleb @hund Mastodon's inherently limited in the amount of abuse someone can do - you can't stalk your ex here without doing a *lot* of legwork.

Mastodon also has more transparrency about who your admin is. Don't like the admin? Move, or become an admin. These aren't choices with monolithic entities.

@caleb The issue with Facebook and similar services is that we put all of our eggs in one basket.

If you host an instance here and then went around sneak peaking others baskets, the damage would be limited. :)


Thanks for the replies. I suppose this is a great reminder that we need to be careful who we entrust our data to.

@hund "one should not perceive companies as monolithic entities but rather set together by individuals all who have flaws and biases"

This struck me as an odd juxtaposition - as if being monolithic would suggest an entity would behave better than what we expect of individuals.

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