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Hi, everyone! I’m here with an exciting announcement about the future of Facebook as a citizen of the Fediverse.

Facebook has always stood for bringing people together and building a global community. When we began, this idea was not controversial. Every year, the world became more connected and this was seen as a positive trend. Yet now, across the world there are people left behind by globalization, and movements for withdrawing from global connection. There are questions about whether we can make a global community that works for everyone. We believe we can, and we believe ActivityPub and the Fediverse can help make it happen.

Today we are taking our next step. Instead of re-inventing the wheel and creating our own platforms, we’ve decided to take a synergistic approach. Over the past year we have been tapping in to existing technologies and communities of the current Fediverse. Facebook has contributed countless developers hours and lines of code to several ActivityPub based projects to help their growth. Furthermore, this has helped us prepare our switch to this emerging platform. I’d like to take this time to showcase a few of the projects we’ve been working on to ground Facebook in this new frontier.

PeerTube. We’re most excited about this project, as it places a majority of the bandwidth costs on the consumer, where it should be. This peer-to-peer technology will allow us to compete with other video services at a reduced cost. To support the adoption of this platform and encourage creators to make the switch, we have our next project to aid the transition.

Influencer Partnership Program. The first thing we noticed about the Fediverse was the lack of advertising. This program will make it easier than ever for companies and Fediverse influencers to partner for brand deals. This is a win for all involved. Influencers can bring more funding to their content, brands have a streamlined platform to showcase their products, and users will learn more about great products directly from their favorite Fediverse stars.

Pixelfed. When we first came across this Instagram-clone, we were tempted to flood the project with baseless lawsuits to halt development, but we decided to wait until the “federation soon” messages stopped. We’re happy to announce that after reaching settlement that Daniel "dansup" Sup is Facebook’s newest employee, and Pixelfed is our newest Facebook branded project. With growing incentives from the Influencer Partnership Program, expect to see your favorite stars in your timeline such as Kevin Hart, Snooki, and Wil Wheaton.

Hackers Town acquisition. While this is a small acquisition, it’s important as it gives Facebook a launchpad into the Fediverse. Additionally, Facebook has a long history of working closely with federal agencies, so this move shouldn’t surprise anyone.

With these great coming changes, we as a community will help shape the Fediverse from a place where self-proclaimed revolutionaries complain about unimportant issues such as privacy, human rights, and corporate surveillance, to a community where creators, influencers, brands, and governments can shape the internet of tomorrow, today!

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I’ve just published a new post about contributing to FLOSS projects

a huge thank you goes to (in alphabetical order):

@feld
@lain
@lattera
@mpts
@phoe

it wouldn’t be possible without your inspiring feedback!

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We're on Mastodon! A big thanks to Fosstodon for the help! We'll be posting updates and news about LibreOffice, along with tips and tricks for using the software.

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The internet has become too controlled by a single entity (ICANN), threatening our ability to truly control our content online.

OpenNIC wants to make user-controlled Top-Level Domains, and a more democratic DNS system overall. Learn more about our project at opennic.org/ 😁

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announcing the next step of the fediverse cinematic universe:

berries: civil war

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Please #StopUsingMedium. It’s really annoying and makes me not read your content, no matter how good it is. Not specific for this author. This a general statement.

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⚠️ Heads-up: the #EU is considering ways to regulate software that runs on radio-enabled devices due concerns about interferences.
Some of their solutions could significantly harm #postmarketOS, but also related project such as #UBports, #LineageOS and #Replicant (among others).

The initiative is now seeking feedback, don't hesitate to send them yours! It seems that Non-eu citizens can contribute as well. There's not much time left, so act quickly!

blog.mehl.mx/2019/protect-free

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I know it seems like pixelfed hasn't been updated since the big federation release in late December.

I've been working hard on a lot of major features and updates that will be shipping in v0.8.0! #pixelfed

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you might not have known this, but google - the company you use for searching, email, maps, translation, data storage, watching videos, voice assistant tech, backing up your phone, storing photos, finding images, making purchases, making your phone's operating system, advertising, providing webfonts, running website analytics, providing captcha authentication, and browsing the internet - might be tracking you

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the mastodon documentation page is way too complex, links for seperate languages, getting started links, a video... ugh. i've redesigned it to be more like good old misskey. my redesign is on the right, because it's the right way to do it ;)

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RT @[email protected]: THIS IS IT!! Riot/Web is OUT OF BETA!!! Brand new design, new login, new settings, new room list, encryption key backup & emoji-powered device verification 🍌🐧🔑🤖🙂🚂🙂 check it out now at riot.im/app and read all the glorious details at medium.com/@RiotChat/the-big-1

🐦🔗: twitter.com/RiotChat/status/10

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