I really began thinking about a Troll-less internet after reading Michael Arrington’s blog article, “The Age of Facebook.” Facebook’s recent announcement at their f8 conference about the Open Graph API got me thinking about the web in which Facebook is the de facto. Here is an an excerpt from the article:
Those debates are important but they don’t affect the Facebook revolution any more than debates about Adsense a decade ago affected the decade of glory that Google just experienced. The fact is that Facebook is permeating the Web. Publishers, us included, are clamoring to organize our websites in ways that please Facebook.
My thinking goes as such: if Facebook eliminates the security blanket of being anonymous online, it will significantly cut down on the number of outlets that permit anonymous trolling. Facebook connect is already used on thousands of websites, including the ReflectzYn website, however it is not the only commenting system available.
If websites eliminated current commenting systems and solely used Facebook Connect as the only way to leave a response, it would change the landscape for trolling on the internet. Just imagine your friend posts an extremely derogatory/hateful comment via Facebook Connect on some type of article on the web. Would you think less of that friend? If people that troll knew that their actions could have a real-life impact with the relationships of real-life friends would they change their behavior (imagine Facebook Connect threaded forums)? My guess is yes.
Let’s say your friends do not necessarily care or look at what you are reading on the web. The fact still remains that other users, on that specific website, would be able to put a real face and a real name to the hateful comment you just left. Don’t get me wrong, there are still plenty of hate groups and cyber bullies on Facebook and other websites, however the ability to hide yourself from everyone that matters in your real-life will not be as easy.
The question still remains, if Facebook becomes the standard commenting and sharing option will there be less trolling on the internet?
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