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Perhaps Tribel isn't such a great alternative to Twitter (Original Post) Doc Sportello Oct 2022 OP
Anything associated with OD is a big NOPE! n/t demmiblue Oct 2022 #1
Yes I saw that Doc Sportello Oct 2022 #2
OD? Elessar Zappa Oct 2022 #4
Occupy Democrats. n/t demmiblue Oct 2022 #5
Oh yes. Elessar Zappa Oct 2022 #6
And we care what he says, why? Jirel Oct 2022 #3
Here's the TOS Nevilledog Oct 2022 #11
It's owned & operated by Omar & Rafael Rivero. In September 2022, they raised $800,000 for an Celerity Oct 2022 #7
LOL, so you aren't on any social media at all? Jirel Oct 2022 #8
Occupy Democrats are bad news: self-dealers, fake news merchants,their PAC even gave 40K to McTurtle Celerity Oct 2022 #9
Thanks Celerity... WarGamer Oct 2022 #12
Thanks, Doc. Searching on countersocial also brings up Hortensis Oct 2022 #10
K&R Qutzupalotl Oct 2022 #13

Doc Sportello

(7,758 posts)
2. Yes I saw that
Mon Oct 24, 2022, 09:44 AM
Oct 2022

Sounds like there are many issues with it. I'm not enough of an expert to know all the ins and outs of it, but appreciate input from them. Akers is a former intel analyst and Democratic activist, and big on gun reform.


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3. And we care what he says, why?
Mon Oct 24, 2022, 10:19 AM
Oct 2022

For someone who claims he knows what he’s talking about in terms of security, and is trashing another social media outlet, he’s really into TikTok. TikTok is THE security and privacy nightmare (see https://vpnoverview.com/privacy/social-media/tiktok-privacy/ or https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2022/jul/19/tiktok-has-been-accused-of-aggressive-data-harvesting-is-your-information-at-risk for examples of why). On the other hand, there are no serious known and documented concerns with Tribel (go see for yourself). Founder Omar Rivera (of Occupy Democrats) does have some allegations being tossed around about his fundraising for his PAC, some legit and some based on misunderstandings about how PACs work. News flash - people who raise funds professionally and try to start media empires aren’t angels. Also, the allegation that Tribel is run by 2 people is a lie. There are 5 execs and 15 developers, at least as of recently. The “second person” this joker is talking about is probably Rafael Rivera, his brother and partner in founding the Occupy Democrats PAC, but not in Tribel. For a guy who claims to do intel reporting, Travis Akers not doing such a great job.

Sounds like someone is going sour grapes on another platform because it’s not HIS favorite data mining platform. Kind of like the group of (alleged) left-wingers who cry about RT being “canceled” because it was the only place that still promoted their favorite pundit has-beens (*cough* Nader *cough*).

This is why I get my info about tech and security issues from actual knowledgeable security/tech analysts, and not freelance writer dudes on Twitter who make vague accusations without ponying up any real info to back them up.


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7. It's owned & operated by Omar & Rafael Rivero. In September 2022, they raised $800,000 for an
Mon Oct 24, 2022, 10:51 AM
Oct 2022
election fund and donated none of the money to federal candidates, but donated $250,000 of the fund to Blue Deal LLC, a company allegedly women-owned but actually owned by Rafael Rivero.

Read Section 2 of the terms of service. The fine print should scare you away from TribelSocial.

Besides the Rivero brothers being troublesome enough, and the terms of services that allows them to alter and profit from user content, from a national security and cyber security perspective, TribelSocial is exploitable and extremely dangerous. Not a risk worth taking. Avoid it!

A little bit more on the unethical owners of TribelSocial:

Deceitful/Questionable fundraising: https://newsweek.com/occupy-democrats-super-pac-defends-lack-donations-candidates-1746799

Misinformation: https://politifact.com/personalities/occupy-democrats/

Banned from Wikipedia: https://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/latest-links/wikipedia-bans-breitbart-occupy-democrats-fact-sources/

Personal profiting from deceitful fundraising: https://www.opensecrets.org/political-action-committees-pacs/occupy-democrats-election-fund/C00718510/summary/2022

This is the final warning I'll post regarding TribelSocial. You can make your own decision, but I have worked in Information Warfare, Operation Security, and national security for a long time.

TribelSocial is not a social media platform you want to access or provide content to.


(2,074 posts)
8. LOL, so you aren't on any social media at all?
Mon Oct 24, 2022, 11:02 AM
Oct 2022

None of this is unique to Tribel. The amount of data mining on any existing platform is atrocious. Tribel is newer and relatively benign in comparison to some, like TikTok. But if you want privacy, you better not be on *any* social media.

You can choose not to associate with anything to do with OD, but that’s also kind of a laugh. So… Mark Zuckerberg is more ethical? Maybe Elon Musk, possibly soon-owner of Twitter? Maybe Chinese oligarch Laing Rubo and partner Chinese Ministry of Security are more trustworthy?


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10. Thanks, Doc. Searching on countersocial also brings up
Mon Oct 24, 2022, 11:37 AM
Oct 2022

mentions of "The Jester," an anonymous renegade political hacker, as an owner.

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