Category: Social Media

Why I’m getting rid of my minds.com account, but before I go..

Why I’m getting rid of my minds.com account, but before I go..

When this social network came out, I was enthusiastic about it. I’ve tried to refer some of my friends over to sorta wean out Facebook but that never panned out too well. Oh well, I’ll just use it and forget em. I liked the idea of not being blocked or banned from saying or posting whatever was on my mind and having the “NSFW” button in case you had something a little NSFW to express was a good selling point for me. I’m not into porn, I’m more into the naked female body as art form so I only posted on minds what I considered art. I’m up in the air on pornography on a few fronts. There are certain poses I won’t post due to way too much exposed or the pose is just not very “artful” or expressive. Just my cup of tea and may not be yours and that’s fine.

However, my argument with minds is on several fronts:

  1. While I love the “Jury” feel of a decision, a decision made upon peers is very good, however I really don’t think the “Jury” actually comprehends what they are viewing. There will be problems with the jury selection and ultimately, a human at minds needs to have the final say based off the jury. However, there will still be holes.
  2. The support system is slow. And I mean VERY slow if it even works at all. If you put in a ticket, be prepared for it to go unanswered. I’ve had a ticket open for about a year. This tells me one thing, the support system doesn’t matter, it is just there as a front to make you think they care. In other words, don’t rely on the support system. If you’ve had good luck with their support system, I think that’s great but I don’t think it’s consistent.
  3. If you do post NSFW content sometimes, be prepared to get a bunch of strikes. Even if you tag the post “NSFW”, when you post it, the “E” tag won’t be there triggering the strike. This, I believe, is where the problem arises. The UI, Desktop and App, is flawed. Try it out. Make a post, tag it NSFW and publish it. Then, refresh the main screen and the NSFW tag is still on. Make another post and be sure to turn it off. Publish and refresh the screen. Refresh your screen and see the magic.

The only thing I can tell you is if you post NSFW very rarely and tag your posts correctly.. the system will not register them the way you intend so double check.. Regardless if you double check or not.. in their system, it won’t be marked NSFW and you need to be prepared to get some strikes on you. If you post NSFW content all the time or more than normal, you probably won’t see these strikes against you as your channel is marked NSFW all the time, which is fine but I don’t post NSFW material all the time. I still want a public audience, but i’d like for the NSFW tag to work appropriately and when I want to tag something NSFW. I don’t want to have an account that is NSFW only, that’s not the purpose of my account. I don’t want to post pornography all the time, just when I find something artful

So any Minds employees reading this, if any. Fix the Desktop and App UI to make sure the NSFW tag sticks on a post if it is indeed enabled. This, I believe, has been the crux of my problem from the start. I’m now cautious about posting anything NSFW because of this and if the system is not working as intended and the support system isn’t answering my Email, well then, you are a failed system and it’s time to get rid of you.

So I do a little googling and find that this is not just an uncommon, rare problem: https://themccarthychronicles.wordpress.com/2017/09/06/minds-com-no-different-than-the-rest/

Privacy in a socially connected world

Privacy in a socially connected world

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I’ve never paid attention to privacy policies before, until recently I had a few minutes to kill so I read one. I was on Facebook and reading the privacy policy shocked me. Anything you post on Facebook is not your property and any text, photos, videos, etc are not solely your property anymore once you relinquish it to Facebook. You might say, “Who cares?”. You should care and here’s the science behind all of it. You may say that I’m speculating or making wild assumptions about privacy on social media, but you can take anything I say with a grain of salt if you are so inclined. I only issue this information because you need to know what’s going on in the background, the sinister goings-on in the background without you having any idea that’s happening.

Keep in mind when on social media that your local police are keeping tabs on you and everyone else in the area. The reason why they do this is if they notice a trend of certain keywords stemming from a certain area, they know to plant cars close by if something does happen and they can respond much quicker. Also keep in mind that search warrants are not needed from Facebook and Google+ for the Police to do extra snooping on you without your knowledge. Also, Twitter requires law enforcement to give a search warrant and Twitter is required by their privacy policy to inform you when a search warrant has been issued on your account. Facebook and Google+ do not have this requirement.

Law Enforcement have a special API (Application Programming Interface) or backend into Facebook and Google+ that allows Law Enforcement agencies to show to them more details than regular people. This means if your Facebook is locked down and private, this API they use overlooks the privacy settings you have on your account. It also overrides closed groups and pages as well. Also, certain employment agencies have this API as well for background checks on potential employees companies are thinking of hiring. For a small fee, companies can pull all social media posts you’ve made in order for them to make a determination to hire you or not so again, regardless of your privacy settings, this method overrides all privacy settings.

My determination of all of this is just not to use social media at all, however if you must use social media, Twitter is the best one so far but still.. the saying goes, never write on a piece of paper you don’t want the world to see.

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