How can we bring some degree of privacy to social media timelines?
The recent democratization of encrypted messaging (e.g Signal, Wire) has helped protecting the communications of millions of people. Conversely, other areas of our digital lives have seen little progress when it comes to privacy. Social media feeds is one them. Given their open nature, how can we bring some degree of privacy to public conversations?
Deface piggybacks on Facebook and makes it hard for the platform to read people's posts. It enables users to encrypt their messages before posting on their wall, and provides their friends with access to that content. Meanwhile, it leaves Facebook and third party organizations with data that's costly to access.
Deface currently exists as a Chrome extension prototype, and we expect to release the application to the public some time in 2019. In the meantime, you can you can follow progress and contribute to the project on Gitlab.