anonymity

Anonymous vows to take down Q

A cheerful video released by YourAnonNews suggests that the murky hacker collective called Anonymous is now after the murky deep state collective called Q. Q, to the uninitiated, is a 4Chan poster who

Fading anonymous social network Yik Yak is laying off most of its employees

Yik Yak, the once universally recognized anonymous social network that virally took over college campuses back in 2014, is planning to lay off a “significant” number of employees, first no

Secret is coming back

Secret, the anonymous sharing app developed by David Byttow and Chrys Bader-Wechseler, looks to be on its way to resurrection. The app was part of a wave of anonymous apps like Whisper and YikYak but

MIT’s anonymous online communications protocol Riffle could beat Tor at its own game

Tor has been the go-to for anonymous communication online for years now — and that has made it one of the juiciest targets possible to the likes of the NSA and FBI. A new anonymizing protocol from M

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 Facebo

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 Hou

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 a

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

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 sw

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

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 Engli

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

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

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

<a target="_blank" href="http://secret.ly">Secret</a>, which has fast become everyone's favorite way to <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2014/02/09/my-secret-life/">share "anonymish" thoughts</a>

Vidme Brings Anonymous Video Sharing To Web, iPhone & Android

Following the <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2013/11/08/fck-you-google-plus-song/">backlash</a> against YouTube's merging with Google+ for <a target="_blank" href="http://www.techradar.com/us/ne

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 wors

On Pseudonyms: Transparency And Free Expression Are Not Mutually Exclusive

The debate on pseudonyms <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/05/technology/naming-names-on-the-internet.html">persists in the NY Times</a>, as Google continues to <a href="https://plus.google.com/

What Makes People Act Like Jerks Online?

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/jerks.jpg" />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