Wednesday, July 08, 2015

[ueiuizsm] Social network to discover sock puppets

One thing a social network could do well is discover sock puppets and multiple identities, which unsolved cause problems of spam and astroturfing.  It's a little bit tricky because the social network has to induce people to maintain only one identity and make social network connections only with real people.  There will be intense attempts to game the system.

Doing this is troubling from a privacy and broad social perspective.  Multiple identities seems something that should be available for people to have.

Perhaps we can take solace in that the large social network corporations, and the three-letter agencies that tap and subpoena them, can and do already do this, and we are proposing such power, and the benefits of such power, be made available to everyone.

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