December 2020 was the last time I looked into redirects and frontends for social media. The privacy community have since contributed some great added and new extras, so it's time to update the newest options when it comes to your privacy frontends.

YouTube

On YouTube, you have some great options, cutting out not just Google, their telemetry and spying but also skipping ads.

Piped
Works on desktop and mobile within the browser! My personal favourite, even it uses Java!

Invidious
Works in browser, so as with Piped, also on your desktop and mobile

FreeTube
Desktop app, works like a charm and lets you chose between Invidious instances (proxified) or Google video without the ads and tracking. As a standalone app for desktop, it's second to none

Piped-Material
This is a fork of Piped with some modifications.

NewPipe
If you are on Android, this is your goto YouTube client, not just because it works like a charm, but it also lets you subscribe to channels without a Google account. It lets you download videos and music to your device.

YouTube Music

Beatbump

Live Site: https://beatbump.ml/ it's like YouTube Music, just without the ads and tracking ;)

Twitter

nitter
has come on a long way, and what most people don't know is that you can follow multiple people simultaneously. To do so, just use nitter.net and separate the usernames with a comma.

Example: https://nitter.net/nayibbukele,particlproject,grapheneos,bitcoinbeach,rethinkdns,decentraltoday

Instagram

Bibliogram
Still the only one that works, however, it has trouble connecting from time to time. Change the instance to the one what works best for you.

TikTok

ProxiTok
Is like nitter, but for TikTok. It's pretty new, but it works!

Imgur

Rimgo
An alternative frontend for Imgur. Based on rimgu and rewritten in Go.

Reddit

Libreddit
Works just like reddit but without tracking ;)

Teddit
Less pretty (personal taste) than Libreddit, but for me it's more stable. I recommend using it. Just like Nitter you can follow multiple subreddits, a simple + in between lets you add and follow.

Example:

https://teddit.net/r/particl+privacy+privacyguides+privatelife+thehatedone/newending it with /new will let you see the newest posts

Old Reddit
Redirects to the old, less intrusive reddit site

Mobile Reddit
Like OldReddit but for mobile. I would personally use Teddit and skip Reddit all together.

Stealth (reddit)

If you need an app, Android offers, in the F-Droid store, Stealth, where you can read and follow without an account. All the other apps I've  found need you to have an account to follow subreddits.

Translate

SimplyTranslate
The interface is designed to be fully compatible with all kinds of web browsers, including text-based ones.

LingvaTranslate
Inspired by projects like NewPipe, Nitter, Invidious or Bibliogram, Lingva scrapes through GTranslate and retrieves the translation without using any Google-related service, protecting them from tracking.

I know there is always DuckDuckGo, but if you want something different, here are two excellent options.

SearX
This is a free internet metasearch engine which aggregates results from more than 70 search services.  Users are neither tracked nor profiled.  Additionally, SearX can be used over Tor for online anonymity.

Whoogle
Get Google search results, but without any ads, JavaScript, AMP links, cookies, or other tracking. Easily deployable in one click as a Docker app, and customizable with a single config file. Quick and simple to implement as a primary search engine replacement on both desktop and mobile.

Wikipedia

Wikiless
A free open-source alternative Wikipedia front-end focused on privacy.

  • No JavaScript or ads
  • All requests go through the backend, client never talks to Wikipedia
  • Prevents Wikipedia getting your IP address
  • Self-hostable, anyone can set up a private or public instance

Medium

Scribe
An Alternative Medium Frontend

On Android, you can use the app UntrackMe which does most of the redirection for you. This works with Nitter, Invidious, Bibliogram, Teddit, Scribe and WikiLess so far.

On iOS and macOS, you have the paid app Privacy Redirect which handles the same extensions on Safari i.e. Nitter, Invidious, Bibliogram, Teddit, Scribe and WikiLess are supported.

On Firefox, go for LibreWolf etc., you can use Privacy Redirect which will redirect you to Nitter, Invidious, Bibliogram, Teddit, Scribe and WikiLess.

And there's an even better extension called LibRedirect

https://github.com/libredirect/libredirect it has all redirects, including TikTok, and it let you send the traffic over Tor.

LibRedirect – Get this Extension for 🦊 Firefox (en-US)
Download LibRedirect for Firefox. Redirects Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and more to privacy friendly alternatives.

As you can see, you can have most of the services you love, yet enjoy them with less to no tracking, no ads and an even better user experience.

Stay secure!

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