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Facebook has the technology to track people as anonymous holes filled with various data points rather than actual identities, based on FB API scripts tracking people across various sites who haven't logged into Facebook in any way. Once Facebook gets over its hangups and obsessions with realworld identities and falls back on this tech instead despite its reduced accuracy, they will have a seat at the table. Until then, it's more likely the chair will be pulled out from under them by any number of firms that understand experimentation with identity is metaverse 101.


that pic reminds me of 1984, big brother!


Very true about Facebook and identities, dangers of exposing the real life name / sensitive info and what pseudonyms allow.

I don't even think it's natural.
Having a large database of faces and identifying personal information is a very recent thing in human history.
Humans always used to be essentially anonymous. When have we ever used to go around with our name over our heads or our shirts? Nobody knew who you were, until you told them. At most you could be recognized by your face, by those who already knew your face. It's very different.

You weren't going to give too much trust to random strangers and you were giving your name only after greetings, introductions and if it was necessary. Disclosing your identity or not should be the user's choice, not systematically enforced.
That's what happens in the current social virtual worlds as well: we use pseudonyms and if someone becomes a close friend, then users may choose to disclose their own real life information, if they desire to connect also in real life.

Almost the whole Internet used to be like that. Facebook using real life names worked, because (at least at first) it was aimed at connecting people you knew already: school mates, friends, family (and it was a mistake trusting Zuck already by then). But eventually it evolved into what it is now, and I think it sucks.

Will Zuck ruin the word "metaverse" too?


This seems to be a problem at both ends, because pure anonymity with endless pseudonyms allows someone to create account after account to engage in hostile and abusive behavior as much as they like with no consequences.


That's also true, Poplopo. Luckily things aren't just black or white, with just two extreme ends, and compromises do exists. On the other hand, real names don't automatically prevent abusive behaviors, in fact it's a little more complicated than that:

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Facebook has the technology to track people as anonymous holes filled with various data points rather than actual identities, based on FB API scripts tracking people across various sites who haven't logged into Facebook in any way.

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