Today I wish to talk about Anonymity at the level of Public Media or Social Media – ie; Facebook. On the Region 1 webpage when Board members write an opinion piece call a blog – I can post that Blog without including their last name or their email address. I can also post that same Blog on Facebook since I am the administrator of the Region I Facebook page. When people respond to the Blog on the Region 1 website, they can put their first name and last initial. Or a fake name if they want to do so. They do have to include their email address, but it does not get published. Therefore, they remain anonymous.
However, when anyone posts a comment in response to a posting on the Facebook page – Facebook does not allow the person posting the comment to remain anonymous. They include the person’s first and last name and, as in my case, my maiden name – since that’s the way I signed up for Facebook.
Because Facebook’s whole purpose is to connect people with each other by name and they do not allow comments or even “Likes” without full names, thus Region 1 has an obligation to protect OA member’s anonymity. That is the reason Region 1 will not allow any responses to Blog posts or events which are on the Region 1 Facebook page.
If you have a comment about a Blog post I encourage you to visit the www.oaregion1.org website. Check out the whole website and the Blog postings are on the Board Blog page.