San Diego Union-Tribune: Administrators of popular Facebook page Tijuana 664 gunned down outside their home

San Diego Union-Tribune: Administrators of popular Facebook page Tijuana 664 gunned down outside their home . “Anonymous Facebook pages in Tijuana often purport to be offering news, but the content can run the gamut from memes to copy-and-pasted stories from mainstream news organizations to insider crime blogs that offer explicit details about violence in the border city. Many local journalists have publicly spoken out about how the existence of these anonymous pages puts their safety at risk by both encouraging violence and by creating confusion among the public about the role of journalists.”

The Verge: Anonymous bulletin board app Yik Yak is revealing its users’ exact locations

The Verge: Anonymous bulletin board app Yik Yak is revealing its users’ exact locations. “Yik Yak, an app that acts as a local anonymous message board, makes it possible to find users’ precise locations and unique IDs, Motherboard reports. A researcher who analyzed Yik Yak data was able to access precise GPS coordinates of where posts and comments came from, accurate within 10 to 15 feet, and says he brought his findings to the company in April.”

Kent Live: The Tunbridge Wells businessman behind new social media platform that will be ‘better than Twitter’

Kent Live: The Tunbridge Wells businessman behind new social media platform that will be ‘better than Twitter’. “The platform called Better is already being tested within the organisation and is due to be trialled by ‘VIPs’ in the summer before it goes live. People who want to be anonymous will be able to register an account to follow their favourite celebrities and journalists, for example, but they will not be able to post content.”

Vice: Russian Oligarchs Keep Getting Screwed Over by Yacht Selfies

Vice: Russian Oligarchs Keep Getting Screwed Over by Yacht Selfies. “Partying can be dangerous in the age of Instagram. Ask any oligarch. Their decades of fancy living at the highest possible level of luxury have turned out to be enormously useful for investigators tracking down the assets of Russia’s sanctioned elite. That’s because, in multiple cases, a few careless Instagram posts have blown up the best defense for their secret empires: Anonymity.”

BuzzFeed News: We Found The Real Names Of Bored Ape Yacht Club’s Pseudonymous Founders

BuzzFeed News: We Found The Real Names Of Bored Ape Yacht Club’s Pseudonymous Founders. “BAYC makes money not just from the initial sale (approximately $2 million) of its NFT apes, but also from a 2.5% royalty on future trades. It has real-world licensing deals with the likes of Adidas and was involved in a concert event with Chris Rock and the Strokes. Now held by dozens of celebrities, the Bored Apes have become a flashpoint for both excitement and skepticism about NFTs, which boosters say will revolutionize art and commerce by creating a level playing field free of race and gender, and detractors say are a speculative bubble at best and a scam at worst.”

Lowell Sun: Lowell brothers hope to keep online data ‘Cloaked’

The Lowell Sun: Lowell brothers hope to keep online data ‘Cloaked’. “Two brothers native to the Mill City are looking to change the future of user privacy online. Arjun Bhatnagar serves as the CEO and Abhijay Bhatnagar as the chief technology officer of their new startup, Cloaked. The brothers co-founded the company in 2020 and are hoping to ensure privacy and security for users, while still allowing them to use the services they enjoy.”

XOXO, The PNM Princess: the rise of anonymous social media during the UMich sorority rush cycle (Michigan Daily)

Michigan Daily: XOXO, The PNM Princess: the rise of anonymous social media during the UMich sorority rush cycle. “Among the numerous sorority recruitment [Yik Yak users] is one recurring name — The PNM Princess. Described by many students as the ‘Gossip Girl’ or ‘Radio Rebel’ of sorority recruitment, The PNM Princess has a Reddit account she has been using to post somewhat confrontational statements about the Michigan sorority recruitment process and her individual desire — or lack thereof — to join each house.”

Michigan Daily: Yik Yak is back, but where is it going?

Michigan Daily: Yik Yak is back, but where is it going?. “Overall, the relaunched version of Yik Yak has not come close to the level of insensitivity that caused its original demise. While many of the posts have been raunchy or petty, there have not been any outstanding issues with violent targets aimed toward any specific individuals. There have undoubtedly been mean-spirited posts about certain groups, but not with intent to cause harm toward that group. If Yik Yak’s claim to being a strong anti-bullying platform is true, at the first instance of violence or bullying, I expect they will launch into action to address that issue.”

Techdirt: Court Orders Twitter Reveal Anonymous Tweeter Over Sketchy Copyright Claim, Because That Tweeter Won’t Show Up In Court

Techdirt: Court Orders Twitter Reveal Anonymous Tweeter Over Sketchy Copyright Claim, Because That Tweeter Won’t Show Up In Court. “Back in November we wrote about a very bizarre attempt to abuse copyright law to uncover who was behind a Twitter account, @CallMeMoneyBags. That account tweeted out various things mocking and shaming various extremely wealthy people, including billionaire Brian Sheth, a private equity bro. Some of the tweets in the fall of 2020 lightly mocked Sheth, including suggesting potential infidelity. The images themselves appeared to be social media-type photos of young women (or possibly just one young woman).”

The Conversation: Ending online anonymity won’t make social media less toxic

The Conversation: Ending online anonymity won’t make social media less toxic. “Online bullying and misinformation are growing problems, and government action to address them is overdue. However, limiting anonymity alone won’t make social media less toxic. It will only work combined with broader reforms to platform design and business models, which drive polarisation, negativity, abuse and misinformation. Reforms must also protect free speech and account for power imbalances between citizens and the state.”