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A site called nitter.net makes it easy to read anything published on Twitter. You can contact nitter.net through Tor, and it does not ask you to log in. (It does ask for a username, which confused me; turns out that is the account you want to look at tweets of.) The site does not send Javascript code to users' browsers. It seems entirely good, but does only reading.

Tweeting without nonfree software is possible but not easy.

As of January 2020, Twitter reportedly requires users to give a mobile phone number or it blocks their accounts. Here is a reference in Spanish. I would appreciate having an attestable reference to cite for this.

Moreover, the report said that it is impossible to create an account without running nonfree Javascript software.

Please email me if you have newer information about this issue.


Twitter has implemented new non-privacy settings; the default is substantial surveillance, if users don't turn it off.


Twitter makes it impossible to create an account without providing a mobile phone number. You might have to buy a "burner phone" to do it.

That article provides advice for those who want to run a Twitter account and protect their identities from a state that represses whistleblowers. But even if you will proudly put your real name on the account, you have every reason not to let Twitter know your mobile phone number.


Twitter shut down Jim Weber's account after he posted a copy of a video from the Olympic Games.

A social network should work for its users, which means it should not act as an instrument for someone else to control or restrict them. That means it should not enter the business of publishing on behalf of moneyed interests.

It is too bad that Weber legitimized the power that was used against him by referring to these videos as "illegal".


Roy Schestowitz reports being censored ("shadowbanned") by Twitter for posting about Twitter censorship.

This kind of censorship is not obvious to the one being censored.


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