Sunday, February 13, 2011

Is anonymity becoming more mainstream?

An anonymous Facebook group is calling on Palestinians to protest against Hamas in the Gaza Strip tomorrow. The Facebook page titled “Honour Revloution” is calling for citizens of Gaza to take to the streets and protest with the aim of toppling the government.

Anonymity is becoming increasingly more acceptable as a “rallying cry”. When you (or a group of people) are anonymous, they have tremendous power and influence. The sound of one anonymous voice or many can have profound influence on people, especially when that voice speaks contrary to the status quo.

The members of the Facebook page, Honour Revolution, can send anonymous messages to each other and can communicate with groups and people on Facebook while protecting their identities because they setup their profiles with aliases. I don’t know if this is permitted by the Facebook Terms of Service agreement- but it is quite common for people to use fictitious profiles or alias while socializing on-line.

Why is this group remaining anonymous?

The members of the group undoubtedly have families in Gaza and fear that retribution would be brought against them or those families for inciting an uprising. Also, members of this page feel passionately about their cause, but fear reprisal or criticism from family, friends, co-workers, etc. Their anonymity gives them great power without the fear adverse consequences.

You can read more about this story here.

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