Real Life Versus The Internet, The Importance Of Anonymity
Recent developments have users up in arms about privacy policies on social networks and online games.
Recent decisions taken by some gaming forums, social networks and media sites asking their users to disclose more personal information in order to fight trolling, spamming and uncivil behavior on their sites have received flak from their respective users. It seems clear that most of the online community prefers to remain anonymous and are not comfortable divulging too much personal information to these sites.
Case in point is Blizzard Entertainment, the developer of World of Warcraft, that asked its users to divulge their real identities when posting in its game-related forums, only to create an outrage among gamers who wanted to maintain a different persona when playing a ‘role-playing’ game like World of Warcraft and would rather not mix their ‘gaming life’ with their everyday life.