There is no value to Internet anonymity

There are not only the Twitter users but also many bloggers who prefer not to disclose to the general public who is behind their postings and I think that should change. Many posts have no proper informal value and only serve to spread unease. Bullying campaigns are led from nameless blogs and social networks.

If anybody wishes to make a point, they should do so, saying who they are, so they can give that point a weight. Any comments made anywhere, which are not underwritten by a proper person are without any value and just a wast of time. Nobody can take them serious and nobody can take any action over them. Yet if there are too many rumours spread, people get discredited in the popular opinion regardless how baseless the rumours are.

Often anonymous rumour machines make the work of the police and other public bodies much more difficult because for example security services have so much more to do to find out whom they are dealing with or whom they can ignore.

If anybody has a proper grievance, that has to be properly complained about or no authority needs to even take notice of it. So what is the point of these naonymous bloggers, tweeters? I think that can only be answered by those who get satisfaction of publishing from the safety of anonymity.

Maybe the act of anonymous publishing in itself has a name in the archives of mental health specialists.

In business anybody wanting to trade online must make their identify clearly known on their website but individuals get the freedom of total anonymity. So it is quite possible that a person has respectatility but they then put on the cloak of the bully and start writing rubbish about others. Mind you not only bloggers seem to lead double lives these days. I cannot support the argument of the Twitter blogger who fears his account deetails stop others from airing their grievances via his account.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. pwei34
    May 29, 2011 @ 22:31:12

    I agree that anonymous bullying is a foul phenonemon. It used to be the preserve of the “poison pen writter” and was often directed only to the victim or their immediate associates. The rise of the internet and social networking has allowed wielders of “the poison keypad” to spread their venom to a much wider audiences. At the same time members of the IT generation (i.e. anyone under 35) have grown up where “flaming” or otherwise abusing opponents on line is perfectly acceptable. Usually in ways in which they would never have the guts to do face to face.

    However I have concerns that it is South Tyneside Council who are taking this action. The cost (so far) is £75,ooo! Surely if it is individuals who are being libeled it is up to them to fund such action and claim compensation if their case is successful.

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