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    1. I recently received this message from an admin: Hello! You are receiving this message because you have followed a user profile in the past. Starting on 08/19/2019, we will begin showing some users...

      I recently received this message from an admin:

      Hello! You are receiving this message because you have followed a user profile in the past.

      Starting on 08/19/2019, we will begin showing some users new followers of their profile. In about 3 months, all users will be able to see all the usernames of their followers, including follows that were done in the past, while the user profile feature was in beta. Please take a moment to check your subscriptions list (where followed users also appear) to ensure that if you follow someone, you are comfortable with them being aware of this.

      It's a rather big change and a shame that they are making reddit more and more like the rest of social media.

      39 votes
    2. There's a conflict in my mind that I would like others' perspective on. On one hand, I like privacy. For example, I use Signal as my primary messaging service because I like the idea that the...

      There's a conflict in my mind that I would like others' perspective on.

      On one hand, I like privacy. For example, I use Signal as my primary messaging service because I like the idea that the end-to-end encryption keeps my conversations private. It feels right that someone shouldn't be able to look over my shoulder when I'm communicating one-on-one with friends and family.

      On the other hand, I also like deplatforming. I believe strongly in the idea that inhibiting communities that espouse fascist or other anti-social beliefs is a key lever in keeping their ideas from gaining social traction.

      Unfortunately, I feel like there's a tension between these two ideals. Private platforms can conceivably allow for the inviolable platforming of hateful groups because they can then exist without social oversight or accountability. But maintaining some sort of oversight also feels wrong to me because it's fundamentally invasive?

      I don't know what to make of this, as I do think we should be encouraging greater privacy on an internet where our actions are being scooped up wholesale for the benefit of large tech companies, but I also worry about how increased privacy measures will enable bad actors. Anyone have thoughts on this or want to help me sort this out?

      9 votes