Firechat, this «freedom of speech-app» is bogus

rysiek rysiek at
Tue Sep 30 05:31:56 PDT 2014

Dnia wtorek, 30 września 2014 14:53:05 Nikos Roussos pisze:
> On 09/30/2014 12:39 PM, Bethany wrote:
> > I'm mostly a lurker, too, but I'll remark that Firechat can't be bogus:
> > its use caught on in a massive way, and the ease of use and the P2P
> > connection feature is playing an active part in a community's SUCCESSFUL
> > self-organization in the face of real repression. While you're
> > absolutely right that an app can't call itself anonymous if it collects
> > Google Play information on its users, the question about whether the app
> > allows perfect anonymity isn't as important as: does the app allow
> > perfect anonymity from Beijing?
> Well.. you can't be sure if you don't have the source code ;) (see below).
> > I'd also point out that I believe Firechat is open source. And on
> > Github:
> I think that's a different app [1]. There is no mention for source code
> on the official website. [2]
> [1]
> [2]

Let me just add that a truly FLOSS and P2P Twitter replacement, Twister, got a 
huge number of new Chinese-speaking users during the last few days. Tags 
#occupycentral and #hkclassboycott are really active as far as what could be 
expected from a beta you have to compile yourself.

You can search Twister from outside with this (warning: code unavailable, it's 
a 3rd-party service, might eat your dog, etc):


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