SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — Officials at Google Plus and Facebook are trying to ban the use of pseudonyms, and a project titled “My Name is Me” is fighting back, with the claim that many people have legitimate reasons not to use their real names online.
“People who need to feel safe online, people who have been in domestic violence situations or whose political or other views are unpopular in their community, feel much safer using a name other than the one they were born with,” said Jillian York with the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation.READ MORE: Emergency Crews at Scene of Major Accident on Vasco Road in Byron; All Lanes Blocked
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York said they are simply exercising their right to freedom of speech.READ MORE: North Bay Man's Beloved Cat Allegedly Taken by Airbnb Renters
“While these are companies that absolutely have the right to do what they want under the First Amendment, we as the users also have the right to fight back,” she said.
Online discussions about this are heating up. One argument those who oppose pseudonyms online claim is that such anonymity makes it difficult to combat crimes including cyberbullying.MORE NEWS: 49ers Faithful Stream Toward SoCal for NFC Championship Game
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