WhatsApp to move ahead with privacy update despite backlash

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  • > If I knew that my contacts were being shared with a 3rd party (Signal), I would never have signed up.

    I think, you should read up a bit on how Signal manages contacts/address books.


  • TextSecure

    A private messenger for Android.

    Of course they are. Facebook doesn’t care and if you still use them or their products you are endorsing their behavior.


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  • matterbridge

    bridge between mattermost, IRC, gitter, xmpp, slack, discord, telegram, rocketchat, twitch, ssh-chat, zulip, whatsapp, keybase, matrix, microsoft teams, nextcloud, mumble, vk and more with REST API (mattermost not required!)

    I've been trying to find a solution to bridge rooms across chats to make the change simpler for anyone, and matterbridge[^1] does a lovely job - except for Signal.

    Moxie made it stupidly hard to connect to Signal with anything that's not the official app, which is definitely a hostile act towards anyone who doesn't want to have the Signal app on their phone - the Signal desktop software needs the mobile app to work:

    "To use the Signal desktop app, Signal must first be installed on your phone."


    I definitely have my issues with Signal. That said, it's simple, and works reasonably well, it's just not a nice system at all from the dev/libre perspective.

    [^1]: https://github.com/42wim/matterbridge/

  • whatsapp-viewer

    Small tool to display chats from the Android msgstore.db database (crypt12)

    I am looking for the Whatsapp chats offline viewer. I would like to store my chats on my laptop and view it without needing Whatsapp on my phone. Currently I know that chats can be viewed (and chat) on web.whatsapp.com, and I found this app https://andreas-mausch.de/whatsapp-viewer/ which makes it possible on Windows (and it seems outdated because of lots of bugs on GitHub). But I would like to view chats on Linux computer, it could also be an web app. Do you know such application?

  • element-ios

    A glossy Matrix collaboration client for iOS

    Every issue I had with Signal, and listed here, is solved.

    One issue I have with the Element iOS client is that it doesn't respect system font sizing. So, for older relatives, that app can't be used. I put my mom on something called "Fluffy Chat" though, which does respect font sizes. If Element fixes that, I'll move her back again. It's kinda nice having multiple clients to choose from, though Element is by far the most polished.


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