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Is Online Anonymity Good for Fostering Healthy Debate?
Online anonymity is good for fostering healthy debate on important issues.
People operating under an avatar feel more bold and willing to take bigger risks with their claims because the claim being proven false will not impact on their real world reputation. This creates a less conservative, more progressive discussion.
There is likely more revealed in a discussion without names.
People operating under an avatar can reach out to people that they would not interact with in normal life.
Operating under an avatar lets people explore the possibilities of using a different persona when engaging in conversation with others.
Anonymity provides protection for oppressed people who may face real world harm or violence if their views were linked to them.
Avatar users are less likely to think critically about their thoughts before posting them, as they cannot be held accountable for them.
People can operate as "trolls" and abuse, harass and insult without any real world ramifications.
Bots - computer generated automatic profiles, with no human input - can be camouflaged among the crowd of avatars.
"Real" profile users will be less willing to interact with an avatar account because there seems to be a level of deception involved which can seem off-putting.
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