Invidious developers have received an email from
YouTube asking them to
stop offering the program. According to YouTube's legal team, they are
Invidious does not use YouTube API.
They also claim that Invidious “is being offered on
invidious.io”, 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
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
Fortunately, even if Invidious were to disappear, there are other free
projects such as Piped,
youtube-dl. Will Google also threaten the
developers of these projects and their millions of users?
Imagine a drug that increases your stress, anxiety and leaves you
mentally exhausted; a drug that not only hooks you, but leaves you
drained of energy every day. Who would use such a drug? Almost everyone.
That drug is called TikTok.
Feeling lonely? Don't worry, in the Trending and challenges
community you'll have "friends" eager to see you acting like a retard or
making a fool of yourself with an embarrassing dance.
People have died doing stupid challenges. Who's to blame? TikTok
doesn't force you to use the platform, but in an extremely stressful
world of anxiety and dopamine overdose, with people desperate for social
approval, some seek refuge in a toxic environment. There are people who
feel the need to prove to other people that they are happy, that they
have a fantastic life? The reality is quite different.
Faced with family conflicts, problems at school or at work, people take
refuge in TikTok, which at first glance does not look like a drug, to
forget their problems. However, TikTok acts on the mesolimbic pathway,
activating the brain's reward system. If watching stupid videos makes
you forget about your problems and also gives you pleasure, you will
watch stupid videos, and your brain will want to do it again, so you
watch another video and your brain releases dopamine. Over time, the
dopaminergic system adapts: at the beginning it will be enough to watch
one video, but then you need to watch two, three, four... To reach the
same level of pleasure as at the beginning, you will have to watch more
and more videos.
On the other hand, behaviours that increase dopamine in a healthy way,
such as sports and healthy eating, are tedious. These activities cannot
be compared to what the big companies offer: they release your dopamine
to the maximum without hardly any effort on your part, until you end up
With social networks like TikTok you don't have to choose what you want
to watch, because the algorithm chooses for you the kind of shit you
like, giving it to you without you having to lift a finger. It does this
for free because you are the product: their business is to keep you
hooked in front of the screen so that you watch as many ads as possible.
How do they do that? By gradually changing your behaviours and your way
of thinking, in other words, making you dependent without you even
realising it. You can't see how the algorithm that has been
hyper-optimised to hook you works, but you can watch the following video
and do things that encourage other people to spend more time on the
platform, like commenting and liking. You are a used, not a user.
That's why you've spent whole days doing practically nothing and you are
always so tired, bored, discouraged, stressed, sad, unmotivated,
irritated, weakened... hooked.
Is it TikTok that is making people sick? TikTok is a reflection of our
society, a sick society, deluded by the false happiness of social media,
fed up with the world. Social networks know many things about you, but
you don't know anything about them, because they are proprietary
programs. There are free social
networks, but they can also be quite toxic.
To get out of addiction you can try dopamine detoxification, that is,
reducing your use of social media and engaging in activities that
require effort and do not give you immediate pleasure. This can be done
gradually to make it easier.
Of course, social networks can also be useful, but they should be used
in moderation. Ideally, they should be free and respectful of privacy.
They should not encourage addiction, which is exactly what TikTok,
Instagram, YouTube and other social networks do.
Just like Invidious,
Piped offers a free and privacy-friendly
The advantage of Piped is that it works with
SponsorBlock, so you don't
waste time putting up with sponsored parts of videos. I've only mentioned the
features I find most useful; a more detailed
list is available on the
Some disadvantages compared to Invidious are that it does not allow you
to sort the videos of a channel according to age or popularity, but
simply shows the latest videos of the channel; there is no button to
download videos and audio; you do not see a thumbnail of the frame when
hovering the mouse over the timeline; the thumbnail of the video does
not appear when sharing a link...