Reports: Facebook planning app for anonymous posts

One of Facebook’s first claims to fame was requiring a real name — no clever Myspace handles allowed. But Techcrunch reports that Facebook is planning an app that would allow for total anonymity.

The reason? While using your real name (or at least a realistic fake) makes for an honest environment, some things can’t be expressed in public without creating a breeding ground for trolls and hate speech — as anyone who has seen a debate on politics or religion on Facebook can attest. But, as TechCrunch reports, anonymity makes it easier for trolls to go unpunished.

A sign with the “like” symbol stands in front of the Facebook headquarters on February 1, 2012 in Menlo Park, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A sign with the “like” symbol stands in front of the Facebook headquarters on February 1, 2012 in Menlo Park, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Read more on: palmbeachpost