Tag Archive for ‘Substack’

Twitter Blocks Engagement on Links to Substack ➝

Christina Maas, writing for Reclaim the Net:

The users of Substack, an email newsletter platform, are unable to embed tweets in their stories and Twitter users are currently unable to like or comment on a tweet that links to a Substack publication on the .substack domain.

Users are sharing screenshots that say, “Some actions on this tweet have been disabled by Twitter,” when they try to post Substack links to Twitter.

Reclaim The Net was able to confirm the restriction.

This would have irritated me a year ago, but at this point it’s just funny.

➝ Source: reclaimthenet.org

Substack Reader for Web ➝


There’s a new reading experience waiting for you at Substack.com. Now you can read all your Substack subscriptions—and more—in a clean, simple, and fast web reader. Everything stays in-sync with your Substack app for iOS.

Want to add a publication from outside Substack? No problem—just select “Add RSS feed” from the left sidebar.

I’m happy with my RSS setup — FreshRSS with NetNewsWire — but this looks like a slick option for anyone looking to switch from their current setup or for those who don’t currently have a solution.

➝ Source: on.substack.com

Podcasting 2.0 Is Just a Vision, and the Standards to Realize It ➝

Dave Jones, writing on the Podcasting 2.0 Substack:

Our mission statement is to “preserve, protect and extend the open podcasting ecosystem.” And, it’s the “extend” part where all the exciting stuff happens. Extending podcasting means not only achieving feature parity with the big, closed tech-media platforms, but exceeding their feature set. And, most critically, it means doing it using only RSS and complementary open source technologies (the “preserve” part).

➝ Source: podcasting20.substack.com

Apple Just Declared War on Your Privacy ➝

Edward Snowden, writing on Substack:

If you’re an enterprising pedophile with a basement full of CSAM-tainted iPhones, Apple welcomes you to entirely exempt yourself from these scans by simply flipping the “Disable iCloud Photos” switch, a bypass which reveals that this system was never designed to protect children, as they would have you believe, but rather to protect their brand. As long as you keep that material off their servers, and so keep Apple out of the headlines, Apple doesn’t care.

So what happens when, in a few years at the latest, a politician points that out, and—in order to protect the children—bills are passed in the legislature to prohibit this “Disable” bypass, effectively compelling Apple to scan photos that _aren’t_ backed up to iCloud? What happens when a party in India demands they start scanning for memes associated with a separatist movement? What happens when the UK demands they scan for a library of terrorist imagery? How long do we have left before the iPhone in your pocket begins quietly filing reports about encountering “extremist” political material, or about your presence at a “civil disturbance”? Or simply about your iPhone’s possession of a video clip that contains, or maybe-or-maybe-not contains, a blurry image of a passer-by who resembles, according to an algorithm, “a person of interest”?

If Apple demonstrates the capability and willingness to continuously, remotely search every phone for evidence of one particular type of crime, these are questions for which they will have no answer. And yet an answer will come—and it will come from the worst lawmakers of the worst governments.

This is not a slippery slope. It’s a cliff.

This is a bit of a long quote, but it really gets to the heart of my issues with this new “feature” — while Apple is defending what this currently is, we’re criticizing what this could very easily become. And the only thing Apple can really do to reassure us is to say “trust us”. But that’s not good enough.

Now that this system exists, governments can force Apple’s hand — leaving them with no choice but to implement the newly required changes or abandon the market. And we’ve already seen what Apple is will to do before they’ll abandon a market.

➝ Source: edwardsnowden.substack.com

‘We Believe in the Free Press and in Free Speech — and We Do Not Believe Those Things Can Be Decoupled.’ ➝

This is such a refreshing take on content moderation from the folks at Substack.

It’s sad, really. Ten years ago, it was considered the default to respect ones’ right to freely express themselves. But somehow we lost our way and letting someone share ideas that you disagree with has become some sort of disgrace.

Hopefully Substack will have enough success that others will start to take notice.

➝ Source: blog.substack.com