Anonymous speech is under attack recently. Mike Barber reports:
This month, Thomson Reuters, one of the largest media companies in the world, announced it would no longer allow anonymous comments on its website, citing the comments’ “repetition, taste, legal risk or political bias.”
The shift away from creating an online community, once the focus of media companies desperate to remain relevant in the digital age, has been echoed by the CBC, New York Times, Washington Post, and many others who have all in the past year announced they would review the practice of unfettered, unidentified commentary online.
The case against it couldn’t be made clearer than by the news this weekend that a Toronto police officer has filed a lawsuit asking Google to reveal the identity of YouTube users who mocked his behaviour after it was caught on camera at the G20 summit.
Read more in the Montreal Gazette.