Is Facebook anonymous app a bad dream?

By Wayne Denner

I woke up this morning and dreamed that Facebook was allowing people to post anonymously.

Unfortunately this bad dream might come true.

The word is that Facebook will soon be offering a standalone app which will allow users to anonymously interact with each other,from within Facebook,according to the New York Times who say the new app will allow people to use pseudonyms so that they can discuss more sensitive topics without using their real names.

Zuckerberg, while being extremely aware of Facebook’s reputation for devouring and using it’s audience’s information for marketing purposes, may be looking at being all things to all men and keeping his audience of 1.3 billion happy by offering both, a real identity platform with Facebook and an anonymous platform for gossip with the new app.

Why I feel it’s a bad move for Facebook.

Only last Wednesday, Facebook’s CPO Chris Cox in defence of the ‘real names’ policy said ‘First, it’s part of what made Facebook special in the first place, by differentiating the service from the rest of the Internet where pseudonymity, anonymity, or often random names were the social norm. Second, it’s the primary mechanism we have to protect millions of people …read more

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