Reddit loses users and money for ignoring the complaints of its own users

Reddit is paying the price for ignoring the users' protest against latest changes made by the company.

On the one hand, many people have moved to platforms such as Lemmy, which has tripled its user count in a short time:

On the other hand, the Reddit site was taken offline by protests in which more than 7000 Keep reading Reddit loses users and money for ignoring the complaints of its own users

YouTube threats Invidious developers

Invidious developers have received an email from YouTube asking them to stop offering the program. According to YouTube's legal team, they are in violation of YouTube API terms of use, which is impossible, as Invidious does not use YouTube API.

They also claim that Invidious “is being offered on”, which is also untrue, because that website does not host any instance of Invidious. As of today there are 40 websites hosting public instances of Invidious, over which the Invidious team has no control, as Invidious uses the free AGPL license. Even if Invidious were illegal in the United States, it is hosted on the Tor network, the I2P network and in many countries, making it virtually impossible to make Invidious disappear. In addition, its code can be found on several development platforms and is on lots of computers.

Invidious has neither agreed to YouTube's API terms of service nor YouTube's terms of service. YouTube allows access to content hosted on its servers via the HTTP protocol, so Invidious is not committing a computer crime; it is simply safeguarding the right to privacy and freedom.

Google (the company that controls YouTube), on the other hand, does not respect privacy, censors, requires the use of proprietary software, exploits its users, develops artificial intelligence software for military purposes, has a huge ecological impact, to name just a few examples. That's why there are people who think that Google should be destroyed.

Fortunately, even if Invidious were to disappear, there are other free projects such as Piped, NewPipe and youtube-dl. Will Google also threaten the developers of these projects and their millions of users?

DuckDuckGo censors “Russian disinformation”

DuckDuckGo’s CEO said on Twitter:

Like so many others I am sickened by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the gigantic humanitarian crisis it continues to create. #StandWithUkraine️

At DuckDuckGo, we've been rolling out search updates that down-rank sites associated with Russian disinformation.

This decision is problematic for many users who want to decide by themselves what is misinformation and what is not. That’s the reason why many people unhappy with DuckDuckGo’s decision who are also privacy and free software advocates now recommend using search engines like Brave Seach and Searx.

By completing a Google reCAPTCHA you are helping to kill

Google has recently partnered with the Pentagon to help it develop artificial intelligence. The project, called Maven, involves the development of a system to identify objects through drone imagery.

This means that Google's power over people around the world will be used by the US empire for its dark interests. Now completing a Google reCAPTCHA not only involves ethical dangers related to economic exploitation and the use of proprietary software, but also close collaboration in the murder of human beings. Deaths that seem dehumanised, but in the end it is unconscious (and conscious) people who train machines to kill.