Secret has changed its community guidelines to combat cyberbullying. But as it fixes one problem, another arises: Security flaws in the app that unmask users.
iOS users with Brazilian accounts can no longer download the anonymous messaging app, but Google and Microsoft are reportedly not yet complying with the interim injunction.
Secret has come under fire for not caring about the anonymous app’s potential impact on users who are being bullied, but co-founder David Byttow says the company cares deeply and that anonymity has a positive side
Whisper may get lumped in with Secret and other trendy anonymous-sharing apps, but the editorial team behind the service — led by former Gawker writer Neetzan Zimmerman — is doing some interesting things with it from a journalistic perspective, and that bears watching
The Secret app might be fueled by gossip, scandal, and salacious secrets, but it’s soared to popularity (at least in the Valley) because it’s used a no-UI concept and utter simplicity to just get out of the user’s way.
Facebook’s co-founder and CEO became a lightning rod for anonymity advocates because he said having multiple personas indicated a “lack of integrity.” But he seems to have moderated his views since then and is now willing to tolerate some elements of anonymity
Apps and services like Secret and Whisper have re-ignited the debate over the value of anonymous or pseudonymous behavior online, but despite the prevalence of trolls and bullying the benefits of anonymity arguably outweigh the disadvantages
The anonymous sharing iOS (s aapl) app Secret has raised close to $10 million from Google (s GOOG) Ventures and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in a round valuing it at over $40 million, according to a Wall Street Journal report citing unidentified sources. The company had previously raised $1.2 million in seed funding, with Google and Kleiner Perkins both participating then as well. Secret also released an update on Friday that lets users share secrets to their social networks and view secrets by location — features that might make the app more appealing to a larger audience.
Secret is an anonymous social network that lets users share personal, gossipy information. But is the app really that useful if nobody’s listening to you?
The past few days have seen a blizzard of leaks about surveillance activity by the government’s ultra-secret NSA arm, including data collection from phone companies and internet giants. Here is what you need to know about this developing story.