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

jah jah at
Wed Jun 21 15:46:23 UTC 2017

On 21/06/17 11:22, Erik Albers wrote:
> Do you think that - although the use
> of proprietary platforms is ethically not supportable - the chances of
> convincing new people to use and further Free Software are worth the punishment?

I think it's worth considering whether or not there is any benefit in
FSFE's use of twitter.

If it is true that humans tend to seek out ideas that confirm their own,
then it seems likely FSFE's twitter followers belong to the set of
people who do not need convincing to use and further Free Software.

Similarly, retweets by FSFE's followers are likely to be seen by a
majority of like-minded folk.

One might easily contend then that the FSFE's tweets aren't reaching
many people who need convincing.

There is then the question of how likely would a person be convinced, to
use and further free software, after seeing one or more tweets from the

Finally, if it can be agreed that a number of people who see FSFE's
tweets are already users and furtherers of Free Software, does not
FSFE's use of twitter reinforce its followers' use of proprietary platforms?


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