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md_ wrote

I linked to that post already, I am familiar with it, and I am not convinced that centralisation is desirable.

but a federated protocol is worse since you're giving more metadata by associating your account with a particular instance (e.g. user@domain.com).

I'm not sure why you keep bring that up as a grave issue. The one aspect of XMPP that is a privacy concern is how the roster is maintained by default.