‘Anonymous’ was introduced into the cyberspace from the beginning of the age of internet and social networks. The cyber libertarian tropes allowed freedom of information while ending the authority online and its regulations. It basically allows one the ability to anonymously post anything they wish on various mediums that are generally about their own opinions, confessions and, well anything and everything. Unfortunately, it also includes the harassment of individuals targeted by anonymous personas also known as ‘keyboard warriors’ that brings the bad values of anonymity that is one of the most destructive forces in society today, cyber-bullying.
Online anonymous apps such as ask.fm, whisper, Yik-Yak and even Tumblr have anonymous features that allow comments to be made secretly that could either positively express freedom or negatively impact on an individuals emotional state. Online anonymity provides a platform for slander and abusive posts that evidently can’t be fully controlled by the platforms. It gives people a way to get away with things without anybody knowing who did it.
Although some sites and apps have shut down or taken drastic measures in regulations towards anonymity on social media networks; anonymous personas will always be apparent in providing freedom of speech and information now and future.
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