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  1. Yes, many in the alt use social media only to exploit the benefits of it while defending against it's downsides, and some compromises in other things. This includes all the big icons until they get/got banned.
  2. 1000x of youtube low-effort troll videos of "Alex Jones is a fraud" circa 2006 ... and then NufffRespect's videos. The early days non-the-less had a ton of nonsense videos, produced by random idiots, that frightened me and did more damage, shocking devil and alien faces, frightening sounds and music, total nonsense that scared the hell out of me, probably put off many people to avoid conspiracy research. NufffRespect was the king! The famous david icke video about Problem Reaction Solution at the time sealed the deal, you don't have to tell me twice, I didn't really had to go through much of a persuasion period as I naturally wasn't a promoter of anything that was told to me, what did take long was learning in this direction, especially how to live and eat health, it's not easy even if you think you know the big picture, details matter as well, you have to dig and actually take it seriously and avoid peer pressure and group think.
  3. Using social media produces hyperlinks that are way longer than they need to be, because they add tracking parameters to the URL which are Query Strings that get sent to the server, not all of them are 3rd-party or have to do with tracking, but in this case it's all about that, that only helps them financially but also tracks how many people visited that link and from which website, depending on the amount and type of parameters. Probably something this community would agree is good to avoid where practically possible. With facebook that parameter is usually: ?fbclid=loooong-string-of-numbers In case of Twitter it's usually like: ?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1464433262777016323%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fdavidicke.com%2F2021%2F11%2F28%2Fhundreds-of-thousands-flood-australian-streets-to-decry-fake-vaccine-mandate%2F While the actual page is just this: https://twitter.com/TheMarieOakes/status/1464433262777016323 That's it, that's all it takes to link to a specific tweet, nothing more. So as soon as you see another slash after those numbers /?ref_src=... that's all unnecessary (optional from technical point of view). So when posting links in text, they can be easily cleaned by whoever posts news on the homepage, not only about tracking but long links create formatting issues and weirdness the way different browsers deal with it including the way they parse it, it can break the way page looks visually. However, unfortunately embedding social media posts with social plugins directly into the news pages automatically creates these tracking links no matter where inside the embeed frame you'd click, and that stuff I think is harder to clean out, it would either require all users with a custom client-side browser script cleaner, if at all possible poking into the social plugin code, I actually didn't look into this yet, I might later. Or a custom script running on the website that would do this but again I'm not sure if it would be possible as there are coding limitations and unrelated security measures that could prevent this in general. I haven't deepely looked into these things for a number of years, since I don't use that much social media anyway and uBlock deals with most of it automatically, but I guess not this, or I didn't enable the specific optional filters. Otherwise right now the manual way to avoid tracking links from embedded posts is for all users to do on their own to right-click on a link instead, not left-click, opens up a context menu and from there you "Copy Link Location" and manually paste it into a new tab's URL address without going to it, then delete the tracking parameters, and only then hit Enter to connect. It's slow and tedious and so many won't bother doing this all the time or will forget about it with time, me included. It takes a bit of experience to figure out generally which params are actually part of the target site and are required for submitting forms and other things, for example the current URL I'm typing this thread into has a &do=add in the end, this is not a 3rd-party tracking parameter, it's a parameter that tells the davidicke.com forums that I want to write a new thread, it won't give me the new thread page if I ommit this key parameter, and so on with other websites. I'll update this thread if I find a better solution.
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