December 19, 2012

Should Facebook Allow Anonymous Accounts?

John Dvorak, PC Magazine

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In a weird twist of fate, Germany told Facebook that it must allow anonymous users even though Facebook's policy currently requires users to use their real names or else face expulsion.

When I first saw this story, I thought Germany was right in this edict, but after some contemplation, it is apparent that Facebook should indeed fight this.

Here is a snippet from the BBC report:

The policy violates German laws that give people the right to use pseudonyms online, said the data protection agency in Schleswig-Holstein. The agency has issued a decree demanding that Facebook let people use fake names immediately.

Facebook said it would...

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