anonymity

  • Facebook’s Anonymous App Could Kill Trolls With Secret Identity

    Facebook’s Anonymous App Could Kill Trolls With Secret Identity

    Wack-a-mole. That’s what it’s usually like fighting trolls, bullies, and spammers in anonymous communities. Ban them and they just start new accounts. That’s why the fact that Facebook knows who you really are could be the key to its upcoming anonymous app. You could stay anonymous to other users, but Facebook login on the backend could track the jerks and keep them out. Read More

  • Online Anonymity Will Soon Be The Only Kind We Have

    Online Anonymity Will Soon Be The Only Kind We Have

    Anonymity: it’s all the rage–Whisper, Secret–and it’s rage-inducing. A Brazilian court has ruled that Secret must be removed from app stores there, and existing installs remotely wiped. The UK’s House of Lords has recommended the end of online anonymity. As usual, judges and politicians don’t understand technology. Anonymity can used for awful things, yes… Read More

  • Brazil Court Issues Injunction Against Secret And Calls For App To Be Remotely Wiped

    Brazil Court Issues Injunction Against Secret And Calls For App To Be Remotely Wiped

    A court in Brazil has ruled (via UOL) that Apple and Google must remove Secret, the anonymous social networking app, from their mobile software stores – and also from user devices where it’s already installed. The court has issued a preliminary injunction in the case, pending the results of a final ruling, as a result of a complaints by users harmed by rumors spread via the app… Read More

  • For Better Or Worse, Anonymous Apps Allow Us To Be Ourselves Online Again

    For Better Or Worse, Anonymous Apps Allow Us To Be Ourselves Online Again

    Anonymous apps like Secret and Whisper are all the rage right now and maybe that shouldn’t be a surprise. This feels like the inevitable reaction to all the major social networks wanting to own our identities — preferably with our real names attached. What they are getting, however, is the completely boring and sanitized version of us. The one where everybody is happy and is on… Read More

  • Rumr Adds Real Identity And Picture Messaging To Its Anonymish Group Chats

    Rumr Adds Real Identity And Picture Messaging To Its Anonymish Group Chats

    Google Ventures-backed Rumr, an anonymish group messaging app which launched in the US. back in March, is adding a component of real identity into its quasi-anonymous messaging mix by letting users switch between their chats being masked or unmasked. It’s also adding picture messaging, because, you know, all forms of messaging are multimedia now. Read More

  • Would We Trust A Secret Clone From Facebook?

    Would We Trust A Secret Clone From Facebook?

    Facebook could buy an anonymous sharing app like Secret, or build one, but would we use it? Facebook’s Snapchat clone Poke crashed and burned in part because people worried Facebook would spy on, save, or widely share their ephemeral messages. Facebook’s shaky track record on privacy could similarly scare us away from an anonymous sharing feature. The problem for Facebook is that… Read More

  • Secret And Whisper Get Their Own Chinese Clones

    Secret And Whisper Get Their Own Chinese Clones

    Secret and Whisper have hit a dubious benchmark of success. Both have been cloned by developers in China. Secret posted about its Chinese duplicate this weekend, while Tech In Asia was the first English-language publication to report on both apps. Mimi means “secret” in Chinese, while Xiaosheng means “quiet.” Mimi was made by Shenzhen Wumii Technology Limited, which… Read More

  • Rumr, Group Messaging With An Anonymous Twist, Launches On iOS And Android

    Rumr, Group Messaging With An Anonymous Twist, Launches On iOS And Android

    Say hey to rumr, a new messaging app that’s vying to draw your attention away from all the other ways to say hey already in play. Rumr has been in the works for around half a year, raising an $800,000 seed back in October, led by Khosla Ventures’ Ben Ling. It’s launching today on iOS and Android. Read More

  • Secret's CEO Discusses Cyberbullying Policy

    Secret CEO Responds To Cyberbullying Criticism

    When it comes to cyberbullying in his anonyous sharing app, Secret co-founder claimed “We don’t see very much of that, if any” when we spoke on stage at SXSW. Secret’s user might disagree, and through these highlights from our fireside chat, you can see Byttow acknowledge the darker side of anonymity. He reveals Secret is considering an 17+ age limit and other barriers… Read More

  • Secret Launches Bug Bounty Program For Hackers Who Find Vulnerabilities In Its App

    Secret Launches Bug Bounty Program For Hackers Who Find Vulnerabilities In Its App

    Secret, which has fast become everyone’s favorite way to share “anonymish” thoughts with friends and strangers alike, has launched a new program that is designed to find — and squash — bugs in its mobile app before being exposed to the general public. Read More

  • Viddme Brings Anonymous Video Sharing To Web, iPhone & Android

    Viddme Brings Anonymous Video Sharing To Web, iPhone & Android

    Following the backlash against YouTube’s merging with Google+ for identity, authentication and, most recently, commenting, there’s been a renewed interest in a sort of anonymous video hosting service – something like an “Imgur for video,” for instance. It’s an idea that’s been tried before, but sometimes having good timing helps. That may be the case… Read More

  • Unface.me Is A Gossip Girl-Style Social Service For Anonymously Trolling Your Friends

    Unface.me Is A Gossip Girl-Style Social Service For Anonymously Trolling Your Friends

    Russian startup Unface.me has created a new social network inspired by the Gossip Girl TV series which lets users create an alter ego to — let’s face it — troll their friends, or even post even worst types of gossip entirely anonymously. The site connects with Facebook and Russian social network VKontakte so it can pull in users’ genuine friend networks, then let them… Read More

  • On Pseudonyms: Transparency And Free Expression Are Not Mutually Exclusive

    On Pseudonyms: Transparency And Free Expression Are Not Mutually Exclusive

    The debate on pseudonyms persists in the NY Times, as Google continues to eject pseudonymous accounts from Google Plus. Google crafted its Common Names Policy in order to promote trust and transparency, hoping to mitigate spam and flame wars. But the backlash has been strong from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (in this eloquent statement) and others as they advocate for those who need… Read More

  • What Makes People Act Like Jerks Online?

    It’s no secret that people can be jerks on the Internet. Lord knows that I’ve seen my fair share of flame wars all over the place in my travels. Penny-Arcade noted as much six years ago with the famous equation: normal person + anonymity + audience = total fuckwad. And check your work… yup, fuckwad. Even given this bulletproof equation, the question becomes why. Read More