mastodon privacy 

since this is coming up again, i feel it's important to stress the following facts about privacy on mastodon:

- DMs are stored in plaintext in the database
- yes, this means admins can access them
- it also means they will be accessible if your instance DB is leaked

- however: this is the same as the situation on any other mainstream social media site
- at the end of the day you should make sure you trust your admins

- ultimately: don't use mastodon for privacy-critical messages

mastodon privacy 

@chr terrible idea: PGP-encrypted mastodon messages

mastodon privacy 

@Felthry believe me, it's been suggested before :P i believe gargron is reluctant to implement encrypted DMs because it's sometimes valuable for admins to see DMs in reports vis a vis targetted harassment, etc


mastodon privacy 

@chr well I meant it more as putting the whole PGP stuff in the message itself like how it's used for email

this is a terrible idea because even just a PGP signature is extremely long, more than 500 characters probably

mastodon privacy, sarcasm 

@Felthry @chr just embed a screenshot of the PGP signature

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