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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

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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 of Yik ... 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 lets people share ... 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

The Secret Shame of an Unacquired Tech Worker

New York Magazine › Kevin Roose

Last week, amid the overwrought start-up angst and sexual escapades that clutter the anonymous messaging app Secret, a hint of genuine drama emerged: a ... MORE

Anonymous-confession App Mimi Stirs Concerns About Ethics, Bullying

South China Morning Post › Amy Li

A free phone app that lets users anonymously confess secrets, from extramarital affairs to invasions of a loved one’s privacy, earned as much criticism as it has fans in ... 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 that ... 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 force ... MORE

Whispers, secrets and lies? Anonymity apps rise

AP › Barbara Ortutay

At a time when Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are pushing people to put forward their most polished, put-together selves, a new class of mobile applications aims for a bit more honesty.

Among the latest is Secret, created by two former ... MORE

Surprise! Advertisers Are Intrigued By Anonymity Apps

Digiday › John McDermott

Apps like Whisper and Secret have recently attracted large audiences by allowing users to do exactly what they can’t do on Facebook: post anything they want while remaining ... MORE

Silicon Valley’s Anonymous Gossip Apps Whip Up Storm Of Ambition and jealousy

Guardian › Edward Helmore

Ten years ago Mark Zuckerberg ushered in the era of social media with the creation of Facebook in his ... MORE