VKontake, a Russian social media site, in a first of its kind incident, allowed its users to go “anonymous” for a day. The occasion was dedicated to commemorate the Guy Fawkes Night.
“The rules are simple. Everyone can write an anonymous post which will appear on his [VKontakte] friends’ timeline. It would not be easy to track down the author – we hid not only his name and his profile picture, but also the names of those who liked the post,” VKontakte said in the official statement it issued on Sunday.
To memorialize the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605, November 5th is celebrated as the Bonfire Night. An English Catholic by the name of Guy Fawkes was captured and tormented for plotting the murder of King James I.
The famous mask of the infamous Guy Fawkes is represented by a ‘V’. The mask went on to represent the online ‘hacktivist’ group Anonymous. The mask is “a symbol of freedom and justice,” according to VKontake.
“You can trust nothing, you can check nothing. No one owes anything to anyone, no one is to blame - just relax and have fun,” said the social network.
Branded as the ‘Russian Facebook’, it is a hit in the region. In the meantime, people were free to comment on anonymous posts as “any idea should be discussed openly,” it said, for ‘ideas cannot die’. However, those comments were not anonymous.
In the event preview, VKontake said, “You have 24 hours to see what would happen if everyone had an opportunity to express freely without exposing themselves. Dare!” The ‘one-day anonymous’ users were able to write up to only five posts.
Information source: rt
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