Social Media - News Discussion

Top Sites

1

Reddit

Popular global discussion website. Reddit has filed for IPO & majority owned by Advance Publications

2

Twitter

Trending news and community threads

3

Facebook

Comprehensive social media website with a focus on community engagement (see footnote)

4

Mastodon

Free, open source, self-hosted social networking alternative to Twitter

  Advice  

When choosing a news discussion site to invest time in, rely on the public reputation of the site. Many general social networks provide a place to discuss news. When voicing political opinions, it becomes especially important to be aware of what and where you're posting. A number of newer social networks promise increased security and privacy. Think before you post, remain calm and civil, and try to avoid confrontations. Don't trust people you don't know, remain anonymous when possible, limit your connections, and don't give out personal information. Remember that you don't own the posts on your profile or your follower list, so they disappear if you lose your account.

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More Websites
(Listed alphabetically)

Diaspora

Nonprofit, user-owned, distributed social network with personal privacy control

Digg

Curated news on a range of topics. Owned by BuySellAds.com, Inc

Ello

Designed for artists looking to engage and collaborate with other artists

Flipboard

Curated news in magazine format

Hacker News

Computer science and entrepreneurship news

MeWe

Social media platform with no newsfeed or content manipulation, limiting the spread of misinformation

Minds

Connect with others via open conversation. Includes abuse and data breach protections

Mix

Interest-based content. Owned by Expa

Product Hunt

Discover new products and services. Owned by AngelList

Quora

Question and answer knowledgebase

TheCHIVE

Humor, photo, and entertainment website. Owned by Resignation LLC

Vero

Social media app with no advertising. Based in Lebanon with development team in Russia

* Footnote:

Facebook
� Fosters info bubbles, political division, polarization, dis/misinformation & conspiracy theories in the US & worldwide. Despite pressure to address these issues, they have repeatedly insisted they have little capability to address the problem.
� Facebook is being investigated on antitrust, users privacy & content moderation by the Federal Trade Commission, State Attorneys General, House Subcommittee on Antitrust, Senate Judiciary Committee & Federal Communications Commission.