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Facebook Said To Be Readying Anonymity App

Facebook is said to be preparing a new standalone app that will enable users to communicate with one another anonymously, apparently not unlike apps of the moment Whisper and Secret. This comes from The New York Times, which cites two people briefed on the plans, and says the app, being led by product manager Josh Miller, will be released in …

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Google Abandons Real Name Policy for Google+, Apologizes for the Confusion

After years of complaints from users, Google has finally caved and dropped the real name policy that governed Google+, which in turn affected many other Google entities. In an apologetic post, Google admits that their name policy has “been unclear” and that it has led to “unnecessary difficult experiences for some.” “For this we apologize, and we hope that today’s …

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Facebook Wins Battle in Germany Over Real Names Policy

Facebook has won a court challenge in Germany that will see its real names policy upheld in the country. Back in December, Germany’s data protection office Unabhaengiges Landeszentrum fuer Datenschutz (ULD) issued a ruling against Facebook’s real names policy, claiming that it infringed upon citizen’s rights to free speech and anonymity online. Facebook said that they would fight the ruling, …

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Facebook Is Asking Users If Their Friends Are Using Their Real Names

Facebook doesn’t allow users to use fake names. Sure, people use them all the time, but technically, it’s against Facebook’s terms, and the company appears to have a new strategy in going after those who are in violation (or at least getting a better handle on how much it’s actually going on). Facebook has been sending out survey questions to …

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YouTube Now Blurs Faces For Maximum Anonymity

If you want to upload a video to YouTube, but you fear what may happen if anyone identifies its subjects, things just got a bit easier. Today, YouTube announced that they’ve added face blurring to their set of video enhancements. From the YouTube blog: Blurring faces on YouTube is simple. Once you’ve chosen the video that you’d like to edit …

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Tor Researchers Create OONI To Monitor Censorship

If you are familiar with Tor, you know it to be the anonymous Web utility and browser that allows people to get around censorship and communicate without being spied on. It was essential for communication during the Arab Spring protest movement and many other like minded movements. It’s also used and endorsed by Anonymous for their operations. The researchers behind …

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