Fandango’s Provocative Question #168

How do you feel about online anonymity? Do you believe that when people are hiding their real world identity, it encourages them to misbehave or to be offensive? Or does it allow people to reveal who they really are or possibly how they would choose to be and act all the time if they could?

I thought that I would have a crack at this one, because it is a huge topic right. Even Elon Musk is trying to back out of the Twitter deal since they wont really confirm how many Twitter accounts are in fact “real” and are not bots.

Personally I am very open type person, I have not had the experience of someone trying to steal my identity or anything like that, so I am sure that would change how I did things, if I did. I am pretty careful though. I don’t use my phone for banking, while I use different passwords to everything really. I have tricks in my head to remember which one is which.

Saying all of that though, I know a lot of the trans community who keep an online anonymity for really good reasons. At some point each of the big and out there trans accounts have all been doxed. They’ve had their work places rang, luckily most businesses are fine with them. There have been cases on out there cis trans ally accounts, who have had some big name TERFs show up to their places of work and they were harassed there.

But then, a lot of transphobic people, especially not the big names one, are also anon. For VERY different reasons though. I suspect that a lot of them know very well what they’re doing.

So it is a conundrum.

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4 thoughts on “Fandango’s Provocative Question #168

  1. My wife and I have discussed this at length. It is our opinion that social media accounts should be registered to people the way that, say, a house or a car would be. This way, accounts would have definitive ownership and anything posted would be the legal responsibility of the account holder. I understand that a lot of LBGTQ people wish to remain anonymous online (my wife and I are both lesbian), and while we respect that, when it comes to social media, there needs to be more accountability.

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