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Facebook’s Anonymous App takes on trolls

Facebook is reportedly working on an Anonymous App that might wipe out the worst internet trolls.

Secret social

According to a report in the New York Times, Facebook product manager Josh Miller confirmed his team is working on an app that lets users log in anonymously – sort of.

It’s speculated that the app will allow users to login to Facebook anonymously to discuss topics they may not be comfortable with using regular login credentials.

For example topics around health, relationships and work.

Hidden meaning

While Facebook isn’t the first platform to offer an anonymous option, it may be the best positioned to successfully balance privacy and trolling.

Existing privacy apps like Secret require users to login using their mobile phone number, something that is easily circumvented by experienced trollers.

Friend finder

Facebook is expected to take another tact: by verifying your friend count. This is something much harder to fake as Facebook increasingly clamps down on spam accounts.

YouTube saw a big decline in offensive comments after it required users to login to their G+ account before making comments.

If Facebook can do the same, it might help users and brands battle trolls on the social network.

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