“FacePopular” Aims To Become The “Sovereignty-Seeking” and “Privacy Respecting” Competitor of Facebook
July 15, 2013
A coalition of six programmers basing in the capital district of Buenos Aires, Argentina have generated a new, Spanish-language communication portal which aside from emphasizing a mission of upholding personal cyber-privacy, additionally seeks to integrate the youth, academics and political activists across Latin America and the Caribbean.
It was announced that the platform had to be to temporarily closed from new entries as to prevent server collapse of the new software upon its highly anticipated release.
In its initial 36 hours of available open-registration, over 24,000 new users across the region joined.
By the begining of the weekend, the usership had superceeded 100,000 users.
The new FacePopular integrates concepts of its sister-network, RedPopular.net, an international digital media group “for disseminating popular expressions that do not catch on or are invisible by corporations and media conglomerates in the service of the centers of global powers,” according to their official website.
“FacePopular” Vs. “Facebook”
While the name of “FacePopular” has been stated to be a play on words to the popular American-headquartered social network, Facebook, its creators have emphasized that in the case of this recently released portal, the term “face” stands as a Spanish acronym for “Frente Alternativo Contra el Establishment”, or “Alternative Front Contrary to the Establishment”.
The terminology stands in reference to mainstream media and the concerns of information privacy brought to light in the wake of former CIA employee, Edward Snowden’s leaks regarding the global privacy violations of PRISM and the NSA.
“We wanted to launch (FacePopular) in July to symbolically coincide with the whole spy theme in relation to Mr. Snowden, as well as the things that corporations do with Internet user data,” Matthias Reynolds, among of the program’s founders, told the news agency, Télam.
“This project has to do with the idea of information sovereignty within our countries and beyond now that the issue of cyber espionage is a significant and largely growing public concern,” Paul Lenz, another founder of the six, continued.
In order to differentiate from Facebook, FacePopular has made numerous additional and alternative features. In place of “emoticons”, the site sports “emoperones”, the faces of leaders across Latin American history such as Liberators Simón Bolívar and José San Martin, as well as Evita Peron, Juan Domingo Peron, Ernesto Guevara, and more recent figures, including President of Bolivia, Evo Morales.
The social network also integrates a “Do Not Like” button aside from the famous “Like” button, as well as reddish-pink for its digital uniform color and voice that upon logging into the portal, greets with the phrase “Hello, compañero, how is everything today?”
It was furthermore announced by its founding programmers that the project was founded in tune with the aspirations of technological integration and sovereignty among countries belonging to the trans-Latin American regional blocks of UNASUR and CELAC.
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LatinAmericaNow.com | Date: 07/15/2013