anonymity

  • 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

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

    Vidme 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