Is it acceptable to use proprietary software (platforms) to promote software freedom?

Jonas Oberg jonas at
Tue Jul 25 11:18:27 UTC 2017


> Personally, I'm rather irritated by the spread of Twitter as a
> replacement for basic communications.

I tend to agree with you, and it irritates me to no end when an organisation
asks me to contact them on Twitter. The FSFE doesn't do this: our main
contact points are email and phone.

But if we want to talk to someone, we sometimes need to use the channels
of communication a person or organisation prefer. It happens fairly
frequently I need to use Twitter for this, especially when it comes to
reaching out to individuals: very few feel comfortable posting their
email address publicly, but are easy to find on Twitter or Facebook.

At the same time, this is different from the "social media presence" which
was discussed previously. I do think we occasionally need to communicate
with people using social media platforms, but I'm not convinced we need to
invest a lot in having a presence on social media, regardless of if that
social media happens to be Twitter, Facebook, Ello or Diaspora.

Jonas Öberg, Executive Director
Free Software Foundation Europe | jonas at
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