Anonymity in messengers: rights and obligations

    Anonymity and protection of personal data are now in demand as never before. Everyone, from government agencies to advertisers, needs our data. And the point is not that specifically yours may not be needed by anyone, but in the very possibility - giving away data about your gender, age and interests to third-party programs and applications today, as you can make sure that they don’t get everything else, what do you want to inform them about at all?

    You always need to look for a balance and understand how and what is distributed from your computer and how it can then be used. “Everything that you say can be used against you” is more true than ever in our digital and especially mobile era. Facebook requires a real name, VKontakte “confirms” accounts and asks for a photo of a passport, Telegram and many other instant messengers are attached to the phone number, like Twitter. Anonymity recedes under the desire of everyone to know everything. And against the background of this, there are solutions that provide the secrecy and privacy that users need - from Tor to anonymous messengers.

    What to do if you want to just talk on topics and not “shine” with your face and surname, address and date of birth? We offer Chatim . Yes, in our application there is authorization through social networks - this is almost a formal requirement of any service. It is convenient and logical for everyone. But there is another option - you can register in the messenger through any email address and choose the name that you like. For all users, you will be represented by them, while remaining outside the borders of Chatima by itself.

    Does this mean that impunity and anarchy reign in ChaTeam? Of course not. Firstly, the community is self-regulating and users can always complain about misbehavior, not to mention the fact that the authors of the channels can manage the list of people who can have access to it. This is also the standard practice of many social networks - without the help of users, it’s hardly possible to evaluate the entire flow of information that exists. Secondly, of course, in our chats there are moderators who monitor the adequacy of users and their compliance with human standards.

    We started with the fact that it is always necessary to find a balance between duties and rights. And in our messenger and social network, we gave users the opportunity to be anyone, communicate anonymously and on any topic, but assigned them the responsibility to behave humanly.

    It seems to us that this is the right decision - if you want to “live” on the Web under yourself, you want under the name you need. Both that, and another is possible. We are for freedom and worthy communication on interesting topics.

    Do you think anonymous communication is needed or is it a relic of the past?

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