I bet they'd invent a great language for smells.

Where does the real name policy come from?

Why do FB and google require real names? Is it some legal requirement or is it out of corporate greed? (so that they can cross correlate the real identity with the online identity for advertising purposes?)

Wikipedia is silent on this issue:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facebook_real-name_policy_controversy
Permalink OyOyOy 
March 19th, 2017 11:01am
I thought Googke backtracked on this when they inadvertently outed some people?
Permalink Terrorist Watch 
March 19th, 2017 11:02am
Right, i didn't notice ...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nymwars

Still FB requires it as a rule (with some exceptions where you still have to provide them with your true identity).
Permalink OyOyOy 
March 19th, 2017 11:08am
It is one less source of trolling.

Not saying that is the primary reason, but for FB that is an argument.

Some trolling is good for the liveliness of their platform, but they don't want communities self-destroy all the time.

Real name identities can only be wasted once.
Permalink Lotti Fuehrscheim 
March 19th, 2017 11:12am
I suspect the reason is the unholy child of two factors.

1) Eleanor Roosvelt's observation: "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."

and 2) Southpark's "The Entity" episode, where Mr. Garrison constructs a personal flying vehicle of huge popularity (because it beats flying with the airline companies), but whose operation involves sitting your butt on a dildo instead of a chair, breaking by sucking another dildo in front of you  and steering left / right by masturbating another set of left, respectively right placed dildos.
Permalink Io 
March 19th, 2017 11:12am
But Lotti Fuehrscheim is on Facebook.
Permalink Lotti Fuehrscheim 
March 19th, 2017 11:13am
Facebitch and Google were "better than the airline companies of some 20 years ago" or anyways whatever the networking and search software was on the market at the time.

So people used them by principle #2.

Which does not change principle #1, which states that if you got a dildo stuck up high up your ass, it's not without your consent that it got there.
Permalink Io 
March 19th, 2017 11:17am
It prevents trolling, but I think it also increases conformity as one has to watch his word for fear of being ostracized by his friends and relations.
Permalink OyOyOy 
March 19th, 2017 11:18am
It can't be for their direct benefit because they already know who you are.

Making you readily identifiable to others moderates your online behavior.
Permalink Sangamon 
March 19th, 2017 11:21am
Okay now let me introduce the boring, business-related non-paranoid answer.

It's strategic.  Notice all of the "sign in with Facebook or Google" options on third party sites?

Third-party sites like this because

1. It's convenient.  Users don't have to bother creating yet another account, they can reuse their Facebook or Google account.

2. They're much harder to fake, because they're tied to an identity.

You can still fake them, but compared to Yahoo! or Hotmail or mailinator.com it cuts down on bullshit/spam/trolls.
Permalink Wabi-sabi 
March 19th, 2017 11:25am
"It is one less source of trolling."

Several studies have found that anonymous posters are less abusive than those using their real names.
Permalink Pestular Croaker 
March 19th, 2017 11:27am
Citation needed
Permalink Sangamon 
March 19th, 2017 11:27am
Related topic.

Should we continue to allow states like Delaware to have corporations owned by completely anonymous and untraceable entities?
Permalink Pestular Croaker 
March 19th, 2017 11:29am
Rost, K., Stahel, L., & Frey, B. S. (2016). Digital social norm enforcement: Online firestorms in social media. PLOS ONE, 11(6). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0155923

Trolls often waive their anonymity online. (2016, July 25). ScienceDaily. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/07/160725090151.htm

Contradictory to what many believe about trolling, people who posted by giving a name were no less likely to behave aggressively than those who posted anonymously. In the context of online firestorms, they were more aggressive than those who remained anonymous.
Permalink Pestular Croaker 
March 19th, 2017 11:32am
Ezcellent link, thank you.
Permalink Sangamon 
March 19th, 2017 11:33am
I'm reminded of Milo and Richard Spencer. Coming out of the closet with one's full name really empowers people. They feed off the attention, and their fans pay far more attention to them and respect them more because they are in the open.

Nothing says "ignore me" more than hiding like a coward behind a fake name.

This is of course why I always use my real legal name here, Pestular Croaker.
Permalink Pestular Croaker 
March 19th, 2017 11:37am
As Kekistanis, my parents named me as an honor to the Great Croaker, Holy Kek, blessed be his name. Origin of all pestilence and chaos. Ribbit.
Permalink Pestular Croaker 
March 19th, 2017 11:38am
All power to the Holy Kek.
Permalink Sangamon 
March 19th, 2017 11:41am
>Should we continue to allow states like Delaware to have corporations owned by completely anonymous and untraceable entities?

Many states do allow for LLCs to be anonymous. My sister uses one because she's ex-scientology. As a result of how they treat their ex-members, she needs to hide assets. Not from the IRS, but from the money grabbing blackmailers of $cientology.
Permalink Pie is a lot better than ... 
March 19th, 2017 2:24pm
Real names makes it easier to sell targeted ads.  They can cross-reference your real name with information from other consumer profiles.
Permalink FSK 
March 19th, 2017 5:59pm
Yes, if something benefits the bottom line than that must be it...
Permalink OyOyOy 
March 20th, 2017 3:13am
Until Facebook shares data with a global database of the names of all humans now alive, the real name policy is unenforceable.

I own four fake Facebook personal pages. One named for my cat, and three fictitious names, one of which contains a completely non-existent surname.
Permalink Board Boasterroaster 
March 20th, 2017 3:29pm
Because without real names, some people act like complete assholes?  Because they can?
Permalink SaveTheHubble 
March 20th, 2017 4:03pm

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