Social Media - News and Discussion

Top Sites

1

Reddit

Popular discussion & widespread website. Owned by Conde Nast, a subsidiary of Advance Publications

2

Twitter

Resource for trending news & 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

5

MeWe

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

  Advice  

  • Rely on the general public reputation of the site when choosing one to invest time in. 


  • A number of newer social networks promise increased security & privacy. When joining, adjust privacy settings as soon as possible. 


  • Don't trust people you don't know, remain anonymous when possible, limit your connections, & don't give out personal information. 


  • Remember that you don't own the posts on your profile or your follower list & that they disappear if you lose your account. 


  • Finally, think before you post & try to avoid confrontations.

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More Websites
(Listed alphabetically)

Diaspora

Nonprofit, user-owned, distributed social network, personal privacy control. Alternative to Facebook

Digg

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

Ello

Designed for artists looking to discuss & collaborate with other artists

Flipboard

Curated news in magazine format

Hacker News

Computer science & entrepreneurship news

Minds

Connect with others with open conversation, abuse & data breach protections

Mix

Interest-based content. Owned by Expa

Product Hunt

Discover new products & services. Owned by AngelList

Quora

Question & answer knowledgebase

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.