To me, this seems like a feature. Maybe this will help in the search for a secure, privacy minded messenger platform.
I was just telling my wife that WhatsApp isn’t as secure as she thinks it is. It’s hard to get people to switch once they’ve started using something though.
Until they get hacked and someone starts posting on their behalf. At the point, it becomes much easier…until they choose another insecure application. It’s a vicious process.
Yes, I agree here. I think further trends like this one (with WhatsApp) will eventually degrade into a sort of tribal atmosphere on the internet, where the messenging apps we use are the ones which our tribes are running for us. These “tribal-level” servers will have only a few hundred to a few thousand users each. Each of us will be a part of several “tribes”, represented in several different apps (or multiple accounts within one app, each connecting to a server of a different “tribe”).
I think it will eventually become untenable to have trillions-of-users Messaging platforms, because they will always be targets of mass abuse somehow (both from the inside, and externally). Moderation at a tribal level will keep those servers clean enough, consistent with the values a given tribe has.
And this wild-west tribalism will not be a bad thing. It will be a good thing. The Internet was designed to have exactly this sort of spread-out, distributed nature, instead of a highly centralized, one-point-of-failure nature.
Case in point, this Discourse server is sort of like one of these tribal servers. PM’ing on this server would be an example of somewhat-private messaging.
it already is this way in a lot of regards. The only difference being the Highlander style vibe where each tribe thinks they should be the only one instead of live and let live.