Porn Leads Tech, Part 2


 

Yesterday, I asked, “Why is Pornhub doing a better job checking user identity and moderating content than Facebook, Twitter, TikTok and almost every other social media platform?” This sparked a robust discussion about online identity vs. anonymity. Comments fell squarely into two groups: online anonymity is a “right” and is our only protection against “big brother,” vs. identity equals accountability and should be a requirement for admission to mainstream social networking platforms.

I can easily argue both sides. Throughout history, totalitarian governments have used identity tools to target individuals. This is (unfortunately) still the case, but we need to do something rein in the rhetoric anonymity empowers. You should always be allowed to speak your mind, but it is cowardly to hide… unless you fear retribution from those who disagree.

What is the solution? We have new tools. We need new ideas.

Author’s note: This is not a sponsored post. I am the author of this article and it expresses my own opinions. I am not, nor is my company, receiving compensation for it.

About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is a business advisor and technology consultant. He helps Fortune 500 companies with digital transformation, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn's Top Voice in Technology, he is the host of the Shelly Palmer #strategyhacker livestream and co-host of Techstream with Shelly Palmer & Seth Everett. He covers tech and business for Good Day New York, writes a weekly column for Adweek, is a regular commentator on CNN and CNBC, and writes a popular daily business blog. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com

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