Elon Musk and Jack Dorsey made proposals to reduce anonymity on Twitter

Elon Musk, Jack Dorsey Address Suggestions to Allow Less Anonymity on Twitter

Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Elon Musk, Tesla CEO and new owner of Twitter, have considered proposals that the social media platform should be less anonymous. Clinical psychologist Dr. Jordan B. Peterson is among the users who want less anonymity on the platform, while Dorsey believes it would be a big mistake to impose a policy that allows for less anonymity.

Elon Musk and Jack Dorsey Discuss Twitter Anonymity

The topic of how anonymous Twitter should be for its users has been widely discussed on the social media platform. Clinical psychologist Dr. Jordan B. Peterson is among the Twitter users who want less anonymity on the platform. On Friday, he tweeted to Elon Musk, who recently bought Twitter for $44 billion:

Prevent anonymous demon trolls from posting with real verified people.

Peterson added: “Put them in their own hell with others like them: LOL LULZ BRO BRUH, hyperusers are narcissists, machiavellians, psychopaths and sadists.”

In a subsequent tweet, the psychologist wrote: “And they are causing polarization and destabilizing the entire area of ​​public discourse.” He went on to tell Musk, “Virtualization contributes to the development of psychopathy.”

As of this writing, Peterson’s original tweet has garnered nearly 6,000 comments and 12,600 likes. Among those who agreed with him was Twitter user Lucid Fitzpatrick, who tweeted that he fully agrees that less anonymity is required on Twitter.

Elon Musk and Jack Dorsey made proposals to reduce anonymity on Twitter

However, former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was quick to warn that less anonymity would be a mistake for the social media platform. Musk then elaborated: “Verification via payment system plus phones, but allowing aliases is the least bad solution I can think of.”

Many people agreed with Dorsey that less anonymity would be a huge mistake for the social media platform. Several bitcoin proponents have stressed the importance of anonymous expression. One Twitter user described: “The reason we are anonymous on Twitter is the same reason why Satoshi [Nakamoto] was anonymous.

Another Twitter user opined: “Abandoning anonymity will kill Twitter. Anonymity is absolutely essential to ensure freedom of expression and freedom of existence. Discovery, problem solving, learning, and research flourish only in the anonymity of the Internet. Otherwise, they would be dead.” The third user pointed out:

Without anonymity, Twitter will die completely.

Responding to Peterson, Dorsey and Musk, the pro-Bitcoin CEO of Microstrategy Michael Saylor elaborated: “The problem is not anonymity, but the lack of meaningful consequences in case of malicious behavior. If Twitter requires verified accounts to pay a deposit and forfeit those funds for malicious behavior/bots/spam, we can have civil dialogue and respect privacy.”

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Kevin Helms

Austrian economics student Kevin discovered Bitcoin in 2011 and has been an evangelist ever since. His interests are in bitcoin security, open source systems, network effects, and the intersection of economics and cryptography.

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