Christopher Poole, founder of 4chan, the online community which the Guardian once described as “lunatic, juvenile… brilliant, ridiculous and alarming”, says that Google and Facebook “do identity wrong,” and that people should not be tied to just one identity on the web.
In a speech at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, Poole insisted that Internet users should have a choice as to whether they want to stay anonymous on the web or use their ‘real’ identities.
His argument comes as both Facebook and Google are pushing, in suble and not-so-subtle ways, to remove anonymity from the web.
“Google and Facebook would have you believe that you’re a mirror, but we’re actually more like diamonds,” Poole told the audience.
“Look from a different angle, and you see something completely different… Facebook is consolidating identity by making us more simple than we truly are.”