Anonymous Bullying

These days, most so-called “anonymous apps” (yik yak, rumr, etc.) are not ultimely anonymous. They’re anonymous, although only in the sense of individuals.

Most of these services/network are only about talking to people near your location. You might as well use Facebook. You “might” know the person who you’re talking too, and, although ... MORE

Secret Shuts Down

TechCrunch › Josh Constine

Anonymous sharing app Secret will shut down soon, according to sources close to the company. The announcement could be made as soon as today or tomorrow, and there’s some talk of current employees receiving modest severance packages. Having raised $35 million, it’s unlikely ... MORE

Your Favorite Anonymous App Is Not Anonymous At All

Gizmodo › Adam Clark Estes

Security researchers recently discovered a serious flaw in Yik Yak, the “anonymous” messaging app popular with teens. In surprisingly simple fashion, the flaw offered hackers a way to discover the identities ... MORE

Secret App Banned In Brazil

IFEX › Electronic Frontier Foundation

Last week was a bad one for freedom of expression in Brazil. Judge Paulo César de Carvalho, in the state court of Espírito Santo, issued a preliminary injunction ordering the removal of Secret—an anonymous sharing application that ... MORE

Online Anonymity Will Soon Be The Only Kind We Have

TechCrunch › Jon Evans

Anonymity: it’s all the rage–Whisper, Secret–and it’s rage-inducing. A Brazilian court has ruled ... MORE

Secrets Do Make Trends: Anonymity Apps on the Rise

NBC News › Keith Wagstaff

When Facebook burst onto the scene in 2004, the Internet’s culture of anonymity and pseudonymity, when strangers talked mainly behind screen names, changed drastically.

That is why recent reports ... MORE

Yelp Battles To Keep Local Reviewers Anonymous

CBS MoneyWatch › Erik Sherman

Local business review site Yelp (YELP) is embroiled in a legal fight with a Virginia-based cleaning company. Potentially at stake: the ... MORE

Facebook Explores Anonymity Features

ReCode › Mike Isaac

Facebook spent years defining what it means to have an online identity. Now with the surge in popularity of anonymous social apps, Facebook may be spending the next few figuring out how to deal with the complete opposite case.

The ... MORE

The Internet Loves Anonymity but Hates Dishonesty

Medium › David Fortuna

The Reddit community is not stupid. Do not be fooled by the myriad cat pictures on the home page.

In fact, as my good friend Adam learned the hard way this weekend, it is very likely that the Reddit community is a lot smarter than you. It is an elemental ... MORE

The Age of Anonymity in Mobile

LinkedIn › Dil-Domine Jacobe Leonares

We’re seeing a point where digital identity is important to people, businesses and the way we transact with each other online. But is it hurting or helping us? When the social web ... MORE