You’ve decided to delete Facebook but what will you replace it with?

After the Cambridge Analytica data-breach row many users are looking to switch their social media accounts. What sites and apps could prove an option?

For too many people considering leaping aboard the #DeleteFacebook bandwagon, the answer is simple: switch your photo and video sharing to Instagram and your messaging to WhatsApp. But what many do not realise is that both of those apps are owned by Facebook – since September 2012 and October 2014 respectively.

It is a mark of the company’s dominance of the social media landscape – Facebook has 2.13 billion monthly active users, WhatsApp 1.5 billion and Instagram 800 million – that finding a single alternative is difficult.

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The big data lie has been exposed – but just blaming Facebook won’t fix things

The data-mining scandal offers a unique chance to reclaim our private information and use it in a way that will benefit us all

The continuing collapse of public trust in Facebook is welcome news to those of us who have been warning about the perils of “data extractivism” for years.

It’s reassuring to have final, definitive proof that beneath Facebook’s highfalutin rhetoric of “building a global community that works for all of us” lies a cynical, aggressive project – of building a global data vacuum cleaner that sucks from all of us. Like others in this industry, Facebook makes money by drilling deep into our data selves – pokes and likes is simply how our data comes to the surface – much like energy firms drill deep into the oil wells: profits first, social and individual consequences later.

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5 fantastic apps for you to try this week

It’s that time again. Each week we bring you 5 new (and awesome) apps from the PlayStore to help you get away from the usual apps that everyone installs on their phones. This week we have apps to edit photos and videos, track your finances and organize information.

(This is a preview – click here to read the entire entry.)

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