EDPS reports on 2-year social media trial

26/04/2024 | EDPS

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) launched a pilot project two years ago to create two social media platforms, EU Voice and EU Video. The platforms were designed to provide privacy-friendly alternatives to commonly used social media platforms. The project was based on Mastodon and PeerTube, which are free, open-source, and decentralized social media networks. During the pilot project, EU institutions, bodies, offices, and agencies were able to create accounts on the platforms and connect with other registered users. Due to its success, the pilot project was extended for a second year, with EU Voice hosting 40 institutional accounts and EU Video hosting six accounts by the end of the project. The EDPS has hailed the project as proof that public bodies can offer social media platforms that respect individuals' fundamental rights as alternatives to the big players in the industry.

The EDPS has closed down the platforms due to insufficient funding. 

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