“Wikileaks has launched its own social network called Friends of Wikileaks (or WL Friends for short) as the whistleblowing website claims that Facebook sells users’ information to governments and cannot be trusted.
“WL Friends introduces you to people you want to know, but don’t know yet. Facebook connects you to people you already know - no point,” the site said on Twitter, adding: “Facebook is a mass surveillance tool. You put friends into it, you betray your friends. Do friends betray friends?”
Aside from comparing itself to Facebook, WL Friends also claims to boast data so heavily encrypted that Wikileaks administrators cannot read it, along with ‘military grade cryptography’ and ‘homomorphic encryption for certain operations so WL Friends doesn’t even know how many friends you have’.
Wikileaks gave some clues as to where it wants WL Friends to go in the future, stating that the network is not just designed for its own site, but is ‘a general solution to build a robust support network under hostile conditions’.”