The dangers of anonymity?

For my last blog post I would like to get back to the first post I have made here: it was about the multiplication of personalities a single person develops when online.
Sometimes the possibility of reinventing yourself is exciting, as you can portray yourself and your life as the dream. The need to display the best version of our lives online seems innocent, and, sure, the multiple personality issue is very interesting. What worries me, however, is the possibilities and tools the internet offers in advantage of crime.
A story emerged in the news recently, about a father who pretended to be a teenager to trick his daughter into sending him nude pictures.
This is just chilling. Yes, we can discuss the situation of the family overall, other psychological factors. But what made this possible is online platforms, and the anonymity these offer.
The internet is self-regulatory, and, sure, we cannot ban people from being anonymous online.
However, these shocking crimes get you thinking: maybe we do need stronger regulation? Maybe we do need profile verification? Do we need to make the government responsible for online safety of minors, as sometimes parents cannot ensure prevention of crime?
What I do believe, is that there should be stronger regulations, and the behaviour of users should not only be watched over, but closely monitored. Such crime, as I believe, can only be prevented by imposing stricter rules.
Yet, wouldn’t we all suffer?
Online safety is a very sensitive topic, as it appears. There is not a single right answer yet, however.
Let me know what you think! Who should be responsible for online safety?

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2 Comments

  1. I agree there should be stricter regulations on internet safety if it will help reduce the number of abuse cases that happen over social media sites. Although it is up to the individual or their guardians to make sure they stay safe online, it is also up to the social media site’s workers to enforce their rules. I think that stricter regulations for internet safety is necessary.

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  2. The Internet can be a very scary place and the article you shared proves just that. Social media pages do ask for email verification but it is so easy to set up a new email. Maybe we need a stronger verification process. I believe we do need stricter rules, as you believe too, and sure, maybe we will all suffer for it a little bit (I can imagine it would be a nuisance), but wouldn’t it be worth it if it meant children do not become victims, like in the story you posted?

    I believe there should be stricter laws on ensuring online safety; certain regulations websites must follow so the government of each country should be responsible. But then what happens on a VPN service?

    Also, isn’t it interesting that at the bottom of the article, it stated that the number of sexual abuse cases reported linked to dating apps has increased sevenfold within two years. And I blame the fact these dating apps exist. I am all up for having websites like “Match.com” where you pay a slightly bigger fee to become a member and thus are more likely to be legitimate, rather than “Tinder” where it’s all free of charge and anyone can be a fake person. I know it links to their Facebook, but it’s so easy to set up a fake email and then a fake Facebook to have a fake Tinder.

    So yes, we need a stronger verification process and more regulations to protect people online (especially minors). The problem is how it would be implemented in reality.

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