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Monday, March 14, 2011

Poole vs. Zuckerberg: Cowardice vs. Authenticity

According to Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, online anonymity is “cowardice but 4chan founder, Christopher Poole, thinks otherwise.

At the SXSW conference, Poole said, “Anonymity is authenticity. It allows you to share in a completely unvarnished, raw way.” He thinks that Zuckerberg is wrong to compare online anonymity with cowardice.

Funny thing is Facebook has never been good with keeping its users anonymous. Over the years, the social networking juggernaut had been criticized for its privacy policy.

4chan also has its share of notoriety. Set up in 2003, as a site for sharing images of Japanese comics, it turned into a site where people can submit bizarre and “tasteless” images. The 4chan forums also played a major role in initiating hacking attacks in support of Wikileaks.

Both Poole and Zuckerberg are just different sides of the same coin. Their intention is not good. One wants to make money while the other likes to create panic and confusion. In the end, Internet users suffer.

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